Everyone knows that America’s college campuses have a tendency to lean (far) to the left, but the idea that students are actually being “indoctrinated” into some extremist liberal mindset is just a myth … right? Well, maybe not. According to a recent study, nearly 40 percent of colleges in this country have zero professors who identify as Republicans — an that’s just one of the survey’s shocking statistics.
The political registration of full-time, Ph.D.-holding professors in top-tier liberal arts colleges is overwhelmingly Democratic. Indeed, faculty political affiliations at 39 percent of the colleges in my sample are Republican free—having zero Republicans. The political registration in most of the remaining 61 percent, with a few important exceptions, is slightly more than zero percent but nevertheless absurdly skewed against Republican affiliation and in favor of Democratic affiliation. Thus, 78.2 percent of the academic departments in my sample have either zero Republicans, or so few as to make no difference.
On the “News and Why it Matters” today, Glenn reacted to some of the study’s most startling numbers. “How are we going to survive as a culture, as a people, as a nation?”
Watch the video above to hear the “News and Why it Matters” crew discuss the story.