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Poll finds support for school busing to reduce segregation, but only among Democrats

from The Washington Post

A majority of Americans remain opposed to busing children to racially integrate schools. But opposition is not as fierce as it once was because of growing acceptance among Democrats, according to a Gallup survey. The poll found a deep partisan divide on busing and on the extent of racial segregation in schools, with Democrats more than twice as likely as Republicans to call it a serious problem. Busing was never popular in the 1970s and 1980s, when federal courts mandated programs in many communities as a way to desegregate schools. Those orders were mostly lifted in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and scant polling has been done on the matter for more than a decade. more


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