ERIC Number: ED078510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar-11
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Public Knowledge and Busing Opposition: An Interpretation of a New National Survey.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
This report discusses a survey which explored the contradictory opinions of millions of Americans who support integration, but often resist one means to desegregation, busing. According to the report, two thirds of the people in this survey who say they support integration are also generally opposed to busing. The survey was designed to learn the extent to which public opposition to busing is monolithic and implacable and to study the relationship between accurate knowledge about the facts of existing busing requirements and attitudes on the issues. The survey produced three basic findings: (1) the public seriously misunderstands the facts of the busing controversy; (2) those who best understand the facts are more supportive of busing and much more opposed to Congressional action or a Constitutional amendment to forbid court-ordered busing; (3) most people expressing an opinion are willing to support strictly limited busing when there is no other way to desegregate the schools. The report also analyzes answers to particular questions. (JF)
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Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.