This year, a better-organized effort to repeal the ban has put Proposition 16 on California’s November ballot.
“The opposition is fixated on higher education,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a UC Riverside professor who studies Asian American political attitudes.
And nationwide, Asian Americans have similarly been on the front lines of fights against affirmative action programs at Ivy League colleges and top New York City high schools.
The Asian American Voter Survey, a separate poll that Ramakrishnan oversees, has consistently found that most Asian Americans as a whole support affirmative action.
The survey received support from Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a group that supports affirmative action.