Michigan Affirmative-Action Ban Likely to Pass--Despite Polls, Say Political Analysts

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In 2003, the Supreme Court had its say. This November, Michigan voters will have the chance to respond, voting yes or no on a proposal that would ban affirmative-action programs, including the one used at the University of Michigan that the court previously ruled was legal. The proposal, called the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, mimics similar ones passed in California and Washington states in the late 1990s. Polls show the proposal lacks sufficient support, but analysts told the Michigan Daily that polls had said the same thing in California and Washington To be accurate, said one expert, pollsters should do a better job replicating the voting experience. "You need to let people be as bigoted as they really are," he said. And how often do you get to do that!