25 Percent of All Americans Favor Congressional Legislation to Outlaw Job Discrimination

A quarter of the American people would like to see Congress pass some form of law to prevent discrimination in job hiring practices, a Fortune Magazine poll today revealed.

In a poll designed to determine how closely public sentiment followed the stand taken by both President Truman and Republican candidate Governor Thomas E. Dewey on major issues, it was found that 25 percent of those polled would like to see laws passed by Congress to “prohibit employers–when they are hiring people–from turning them down solely because of their race or religion.”

Another 29 percent of those polled said they believed the matter should be left up to each state to pass its own such laws “if it wants them.” Some 37 percent said they thought it would be better not to have any laws at all of this kind and “work the problem out some other way,” while 9 percent refused to express an opinion.

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