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Poll Verifies Liberal Bias Among Ivy League Professors

January 15, 2002

A new survey of 151 professors and administrators in social science and liberal arts faculties at Ivy League universities has revealed an overwhelmingly liberal bias in favor of leftist candidates and issues. The poll was commissioned by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture and conducted by Luntz Research Companies.

  • Asked to name the best U.S. president in the past 40 years, 26 percent selected Bill Clinton -- with another 45 percent naming Kennedy, Johnson or Carter.
  • None named George W. Bush -- and only 8 percent named Republicans Reagan, George Bush, Nixon or Ford.
  • Some 84 percent said they voted for Al Gore for president in 2000, with only 9 percent saying they cast their ballot for George W. Bush.
  • Also, 57 percent said they considered themselves Democrats, as opposed to 3 percent citing Republican ties -- many fewer than the 20 percent who identified themselves as independent voters.

Analysts say the results indicate the academics are totally out of touch with mainstream America. Voters in 2000 split just about equally between Bush and Gore, with each receiving about 48 percent of the vote. Nationwide, some 37 percent of voters consider themselves Republicans, 34 percent identify themselves as Democrats, and 18 percent say they are independents.

  • As for their stand on issues, 40 percent of the professors support slavery reparations for blacks -- as opposed to 11 percent of the general public.
  • Some 74 percent strongly oppose a national missile defense system -- compared to 70 percent of the public which favors it.
  • Some 67 percent of professors surveyed oppose school vouchers -- as opposed to 62 percent of the public which supports them.

Critics point out that academics are all for diversity in the student population, but are against diversity of opinion on campuses.

Source: Robert Stacy McCain, "Poll Confirms Ivy League Liberal Tilt," Washington Times, January 15, 2002.


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