81 percent of faculty members, however, said they would vote Obama, compared to 15 percent who favor Romney. The margin of error is +/- 6.1 percent.It's not just NC State, either:
Among full-time faculty members at four-year colleges and universities, the percentage identifying as "far left" or liberal has increased notably in the last three years, while the percentage identifying in three other political categories has declined. The data come from the University of California at Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute, which surveys faculty members nationwide every three years on a range of attitudes. Here are the data for the new survey and the prior survey:So nearly two thirds of professors are self-described liberals. 12% are self-described conservatives. This is a huge disconnect from the American public as a whole:
Political ideology in the U.S. held steady in 2011, with 40% of Americans continuing to describe their views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This marks the third straight year that conservatives have outnumbered moderates, after more than a decade in which moderates mainly tied or outnumbered conservatives.Again, remember that this is self-described political philosophy. So riddle me this, ProgressiveAgenda Man: why should the 75% of the public that does not share the Profforiat's viewpoint have to pony up tax money to support what seems on its face to be politicized higher ed system? Please make sure your answer addresses Gramsci's Long March through the Institutions, and make sure to discuss the impact of professors' ability to black ball tenure appointments secretly, for any reason. Oh and while you're at it, please include an analysis of the social justice implications of student loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy so that social security checks will be garnished to pay the loans.
Extra credit if your analysis covers the power relationships between tenured and non-tenured faculty.
The hypocrisy is really astonishing, if you think about it. That's the single biggest reason to de-fund the Universities. If they pay their own way then it doesn't matter if they're a bunch of hypocrites.