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Dartmouth study finds students who ID as Democrat are least tolerant

Glenn Beck

What happened?

A new study of Dartmouth undergrads found some intriguing gaps between Democrats, Republicans and Independents when it ccomes to having people with opposing political views in their lives.

How was the study conducted?

The survey, which came from the college newspaper The Dartmouth, was sent to 4,412 students through their college email addresses. Of those surveyed, around 500 responded.

Give me the details:

  • Of those who responded, 82 percent of students who identified as Democrats said they would be less likely to date someone with opposing political beliefs; in comparison, just 47 percent of independents and 42 percent of Republicans agreed.
  • Some 55 percent of Democratic respondents said opposite political views would negatively affect their chances of befriending another student, while 21 percent of independents and 12 percent of Republicans said the same thing.
  • Women were less likely to say they would date someone of opposite political views, with 83 percent of women who responded saying they were less likely to date someone with opposing political stances, compared with 56 percent of men.

Glenn’s take:

“There is some sort of comfort to have the numbers to empirically prove” that real tolerance is under threat on campus, Glenn said of the survey on today’s show.

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