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March 30, 2005

This Just In . . .

The Minneapolis Star Tribune passes on this Washington Post story about a new study of academia:

College faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiratorial conservatives might have imagined, a new study says.

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

"What's most striking is how few conservatives there are in any field," said Robert Lichter, a professor at George Mason University and a co-author of the study. "There was no field we studied in which there were more conservatives than liberals or more Republicans than Democrats. It's a very homogeneous environment, not just in the places you'd expect to be dominated by liberals."

Religious services take a back seat for many faculty members, with 51 percent saying they rarely or never attend church or synagogue and 31 percent calling themselves regular churchgoers. On the gender front, 72 percent of the full-time faculty members are male and 28 percent female.

Shocked! Shocked and dismayed I am. College faculty are liberal? Who'd a thunk it? Seriously, does this "study" surprise anybody?

In any event, given the clearly pro-Democratic party tilt of college faculty, I wonder if the Federal Election Commision should start looking into this?

(I acknowledge stealing the title for the post from the Wall Street Journal Online's The Best of the Web Today.)

Posted by Mark at March 30, 2005 01:34 PM

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I was recently shocked to learn that the Pope is Catholic.

Posted by: Matt at March 30, 2005 01:53 PM