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While most American support efforts to increase diversity in the workforce, they believe it is likely to lead to racial and gender quotas. And most do not think diversity efforts are improving race relations.

Fifty-one percent of American adults believe companies generally should seek to encourage racial and gender diversity in their workforce according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national phone and online survey. Thirty-five percent disagree while 14 percent are not sure.

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Twenty-nine percent believe efforts to promote diversity in the workforce improve race relations, but 33 percent think workforce diversity efforts make race relations worse. Twenty-six percent say promoting diversity in the workforce doesn’t make much difference in race relations.

Sixty-five percent said it is likely diversity efforts at companies result in racial or gender quotas.

Seventy percent of Democrats believe companies should seek to encourage racial and gender diversity in their workforce. Only 49 percent of unaffiliated voters and 31 percent of Republicans agree.

Forty-five percent of Democrats said they think efforts to promote diversity in the workforce improve race relations. Only 19 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of unaffiliated voters share that view.

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