- In the early days of Communist China, they first killed all
these "liberals" (a.k.a. intellectuals) before anyone else. It was
the beginning of The Cultural Revolution (1966-76) decade.
In my recent survey of graduate students at top U.S. schools,
47percent of the students classified themselves as liberal, 24
percent as moderate, 16 percent as conservative, and 6 percent as
Recently the conservative Center for Popular Culture did a study on
the political bias in the administrations and faculties of 32 elite
colleges and universities and found that Bowdoin has 23 Democrats to
every one Republican.
A recent analysis of political diversity at Ithaca College revealed
that out of 125 professors in 14 departments, an overwhelming
majority - 93.6 percent - are registered as Democrats or Greens.
Only 6.4 percent are registered as Republicans or Conservatives.
McGinnis examined campaign contributions by professors from the top
20 law schools during 1991 to 2002, using the Web site
opensecrets.org, which tracks federal donations of more than $200.
He found that of the 28 to 29 percent who donated, 81 percent
donated predominantly or exclusively to Democrats, and 15 percent
predominantly or exclusively to Republicans.
According to an article in the August 29, 2003 issue of the
Chronicle of Higher Education, a solid majority of those teaching at
both public and private universities described themselves as
being "liberal" or "far left." (Indeed, it is true that in many
schools or departments, the ideological
diversity of the faculty ranges merely from the left to the far
left.) Less than a third of the faculty members considered
themselves "middle of the road," and only about 15 percent
identified themselves as "conservative."
At the University of Colorado, a Republican state, 94 percent of
liberal arts professors were liberal. Four percent were
conservative. Of their 85 registered English professors, none were
conservative. One out of 39 registered history professors was a
conservative. Two out of 28 were conservative in political science.
University of North Carolina: 91 to 9 percent liberal. Even in a
state that kept Jesse Helms in office, Republicans are a fringe
group amongst college faculty.
University of New Mexico: 89 percent Democrat, 7 percent Republican,
4 percent Green. Ten out of 200 professors were conservative, but
zero in political science, history and journalism, and one each in
sociology, English, women's studies and African-American studies.
The rest were in the
Stanford has a reputation as being more conservative. There seems to
be some truth to that. A whopping 11 percent of professors were