Did you vote in the 2022 U.S. midterm elections?
Do you believe Brown should consider race in admissions?
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Excluding students ineligible to vote, just over half of respondents voted in the 2022 U.S. midterm elections. The midterms in Rhode Island caught attention following a close race for the state’s 2nd Congressional District seat.
While 82.9% of respondents in The Herald’s fall 2022 poll reported planning to vote, only 52.7% reported voting in the 2022 midterm elections. Students shared several barriers when discussing their plans to vote — including address discrepancies, tight deadlines and challenges with voter registration systems — The Herald previously reported.
A majority — 56% — of respondents believe that Brown should consider race in admissions, about 24% reported being unsure and about 20% believe Brown should not consider race in admissions. Brown students have advocated for policies to increase diversity in admissions since the 1960s, and a petition was signed by 2,000 students in 1968 in support of pro-affirmative action policies, The Herald previously reported. In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s rulings on affirmative action set to occur this summer, The University is considering changing one of its supplemental essays to allow applicants to share more about their identities.
The percentage of respondents who voted in the 2022 midterm elections and believe race should be considered in admissions was nearly 20% higher than that of respondents who did not vote.
Asian respondents were most likely to believe that Brown should not consider race in admissions, at approximately 25% of Asian respondents. White, Hispanic and Black students followed at 19%, 14% and 8%, respectively. The Supreme Court will hear courses concerning race-conscious admissions on the grounds that Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discriminate against Asian applicants.