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ComRes interviewed 2011 GB adults online between 24th and 25th August 2011. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables available at www.comres.co.uk.
A ComRes opinion poll commissioned by me shows an overwhelming majority of people are opposed to positive discrimination.
I commissioned the poll to understand public opinion towards positive discrimination. It is my opinion that positive discrimination creates victims and that it is essential for society to avoid all types of discrimination as it is morally wrong.
The European Union is seeking to adopt measures including quotas to provide specific advantages in favour of the under-represented sex.
86% said that it was unacceptable for a person to receive preferential treatment in order to get a job based on gender with women (89%) more likely to say it is unacceptable than men (84%)
These results are not a surprise to me and show once again that the European Union is out of step with the wishes of the ordinary person in the street. – I and, seemingly many women, find positive discrimination patronising
I believe passionately in equality of treatment and opportunity for all but true equality will come when people are promoted because of ability and commitment not because of EU led social engineering.