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Liberal Groupthink in Academia at Epidemic Proportions

From Ace, we learn that a new study finds that the left-liberal stranglehold on academia is far stronger than originally thought:

By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms, with 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identifying themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans.

The disparity is even more pronounced at the most elite schools, where, according to the study, 87 percent of faculty are liberal and 13 percent are conservative.

Who did the study?

The findings, by Lichter and fellow political science professors Stanley Rothman of Smith College and Neil Nevitte of the University of Toronto, are based on a survey of 1,643 full-time faculty at 183 four-year schools. The researchers relied on 1999 data from the North American Academic Study Survey, the most recent comprehensive data available.

The study appears in the March issue of the Forum, an online political science journal. It was funded by the Randolph Foundation, a right-leaning group that has given grants to such conservative organizations as the Independent Women’s Forum and Americans for Tax Reform.

Well, what were they looking at?

The liberal label that a majority of the faculty members attached to themselves is reflected on a variety of issues. The professors and instructors surveyed are, strongly or somewhat, in favor of abortion rights (84 percent); believe homosexuality is acceptable (67 percent); and want more environmental protection “even if it raises prices or costs jobs” (88 percent). What’s more, the study found, 65 percent want the government to ensure full employment, a stance to the left of the Democratic Party.

Perhaps that “full employment” ensured by the government might be filled by hiring more instructors at the college level. Clearly, the intrinsic good of diversity is being unequally applied.

2 comments to Liberal Groupthink in Academia at Epidemic Proportions

  • freddie

    Why search for the usual direversity nonsense rather than assuming that so many people with Ph.Ds in a variety of fields perhaps know enough to find liberalism a right place to be? Must we always seek a balence and thus mix in dopes who might believe an opposite thing? Correctness sucks.

  • What if we held that opinion for race-based qualifications? Gender and race diversity are considered far more important than diversity of ideas in academia.

    When it comes to affirmative action, “Must we always seek a balance and thus mix in dopes who might believe an opposite thing?”

    I’m simply applying the perceived inherent good of diversity across the board, instead of confining it to the least important factors that make up an individual: skin color and gender.