Harvard Survey: Only Seven Percent Of Incoming Students Identify As Conservative

We have been discussing the rising intolerance for conservative, libertarian, and Republican students and faculty on campuses across the country. Faculties rarely hire conservative or libertarian professors; journals rarely publish studies from conservative authors.  As the number of conservative faculty members diminish or disappear on faculties, schools appear to be carrying out the same bias in student admissions. The Harvard Crimson has finished its annual survey of the incoming class of students and found that the already small population of conservative and Republican students has been cut by roughly half.

The Crimson survey covered over 76 percent of the Harvard College Class of 2024 and found that the class contained 72.4 percent who self-identify as either “very liberal” or “somewhat liberal.” Only 7.4 percent self-identify as “very conservative” or “somewhat conservative.”  Likewise, 88.9 percent view President Donald Trump as strongly or somewhat unfavorable with 80.7 percent falling in the “strongly unfavorable” category.  Only 4.7 percent view Trump “somewhat” or “strongly” favorably.

Note that over 40 percent of this country view Trump favorably and the vast majority view themselves as holding either conservative or moderate views. Gallup polling shows  37% of Americans identify as conservative, 35% as moderate and 24% as liberal. That is 72% conservative or moderate.  Harvard admitted 7%. It is demonstrably absurd to argue that this virtual absence of conservative students is somehow the result of accident and not design.

For years, faculty members pretended that there was not an ideological bias in faculty selection as the number of conservative and libertarian faculty members dropped to near zero on many faculties. Less than ten percent of faculty in all schools identify as conservative and Democrats outnumber Republicans by over ten times on faculties. In some schools this ratio approaches 30 to 1.

Liberal faculties routinely dismiss candidates who advance opposing views as intellectually unsound or simply not as intellectually “promising” as more liberal candidates. The bias is evident on every level. Faculty members tend to exclude conservatives from presentations, publications, and citations. The result is an echo chamber in academia that feeds upon itself.

Now we are seeing the same downward trend in admissions where conservative or libertarian students are being relegated to lower-ranked schools.  This bias has also become evident, not surprisingly, in classrooms.  A Yale poll found that 70% percent of students said that they experienced political bias and the same poll said that the students believe only one percent of their faculty were conservative. A poll at Pomona found nine out of ten students said that “the campus climate prevents them from saying something others might find offensive.” Nearly two-thirds of faculty members felt the same. Seventy-five percent of conservative and moderate students strongly agree that the school climate hinders their free expression.

The impact of this bias is devastating for higher education. Faculty members are using their majority on faculties to exclude potential colleagues with opposing views, the very type of bias once used against not just liberals but minorities seeking entry to faculties. The result is that we are creating a bifurcated educational system where conservatives can only gain entry to top schools by hiding their political views or espousing liberal positions.  I was shocked when one of my kids (who is a moderate) was invited for an interview by one of the top colleges in the country.  After sitting down, the interviewer proceeded immediately into a diatribe against Trump and to self-identify as a liberal advocate.  He felt that the interviewer wanted him to echo those views.
As shown in the Harvard survey, “diversity” at many schools now runs along a spectrum from extreme to mainstream liberal views with a statistically inconsequential number of conservatives and libertarians.  This has been a uniform trend for many years in both the selection of faculty and of students.  It is a mockery to pretend that this is the result of anything other than systematic bias in academia.

161 thoughts on “Harvard Survey: Only Seven Percent Of Incoming Students Identify As Conservative”

  1. Speaking of the “Thinking Party”, here is one Liberal Democrat who is charting a new course after Ruth Biddy Ginsberg croaked!

    The Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pushed Me To Join The Satanic Temple

    “I am a 40-something attorney and mother who lives in a quiet neighborhood with a yard and a garage full of scooters and soccer balls. I am not the type of person who would normally consider becoming a Satanist, but these are not normal times.”

    There is a real chance that the Supreme Court will be lost for a generation or more to justices appointed for their religious beliefs rather than a deep understanding of the Constitution or a desire for justice to be carried out on an impartial basis. Because of this, I believe that the Satanic Temple ― and its members’ dedication to fighting for true freedom ― represents our best, last defense against anti-choice lawmakers who are seeking to assert power over women’s bodies and take away our right to choose. We need creative, resolute thinkers who are willing to stand up for what they believe in and take concrete action to do so, and the Satanic Temple is full of those kind of people. I am proud to now count myself among their ranks.

    Everyone who cares about women having autonomy over their bodies should care about efforts to use religion to chip away at this right. We need to think outside the box to challenge what is coming and what is already here. The Satanic Temple is already doing that, and by becoming one of its members, I believe I have joined a community of people who will stop at nothing to safeguard my family’s rights ― and all of our rights ― when they are at their most vulnerable.

    That was just an excerpt. There is more at the link.

    I grok what she said about not having to believe in Satan to be a satanist. Isn’t that the same thing Democrats do when they say they believe Black Lives Matter, and then do little to really help them???

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  2. These numbers demonstrate that clear thinking people don’t enroll at Harvard. It’s a place for lefties, progressives, lickspitter Ds, toadies of the left … sycophants all. I truly feel sorry for the small number of students (and their parents) who don’t “belong” in such a place.

  3. Most colleges, universities, and even high schools no longer exist as they once did, i.e., as institutions of learning. Today, they are Leftist Indoctrination Entities (or “LIEs” for short). The LIEs are all about agenda, not education.

  4. Maybe conservative students simply aren’t as willing to spend money on indoctrination in the guise of education, maybe they just want their money’s worth – not something they’re likely to get at a leftist brainwashing clinic.

  5. Which means why is our Constitutional Republic country financially supporting the foreign ideologists who are what 93% socialist enemies of the State, the citizens and supporters a dead ideology?

  6. That’s what happens when you use some foreign ideologies dictionary. Try it again with Constitutionalist vs Socialist. For one thing is far far more honest a question. For anotioher It ‘s more accurate. Cut the BS and remember the largest voting block are the independent unaffilliated self governing citizens who provided 40% of the votes cast four years ago and most of them were anti socialist listing Clinton, DNC, and RINOs as their principal opponents included in that General Oath Breaker were 80% of the Combat Arms …so much for your stupid comment about the military being apolitical. This year we don’t want to drive them off the cliff we want to have the cliff fall on top of them

  7. This is utter BS just like institutions it like this it has become an “INSTITUTION”! Liberal BLM, social justice sympathizers routinely dismiss candidates who advance opposing views. Just like the Military is slowly becoming. What a damn crying shame!

  8. “Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever”
    — Vladimir Lenin, Soviet Dictator & Architect of the Bolshevik Revolution

    “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” — Joseph Stalin, Soviet Dictator

    “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already…In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’” — Adolf Hitler

    “…education should aim at destroying free will…” — Adolf Hitler

  9. Is this an example of what the Brit’s call the “shy Tory” effect where some cautious Tory voters tell poll takers and canvassers who knock on the door they support somebody they really don’t. The iron bound social and academic ideological conformity means may of the victims lie without the slightest ethical scruple. The professors don’t seem to understand that if the kids in the seats in front of them think they are frauds when it comes to political things, they may also think they are worthless on their other opinions too. A cast iron invincible political conformity actually undermines itself because the enforcers are never seriously challenged or forced to defend their “perfect” ideas. There is also a practical problem when everybody sings from the same page, they are often trapped into a dangerous position. When the President of Princeton University “confessed” that the campus has long been a place of deep systemic racism, the Federal Dept. of Education sprung an investigation to look into the details of this “confession” and may take serious punitive actions that could cost the University a great deal of money.

  10. JH ” I was shocked when one of my kids (who is a moderate) was invited for an interview by one of the top colleges in the country. After sitting down, the interviewer proceeded immediately to go into a diatribe against Trump and to self-identify a liberal advocate. He felt that the interviewer wanted him to echo those views. ”

    Really? Guess you never read the communist goals read into the congressional record Jan 10, 1963. Look at 17-19.
    The communist know that becoming the majority thinking in any country takes years, not months, maybe two generations. Dont be surprised that they have made the progress they have made. It has been almost 60 years since this was read into the record. Another 20-30 and they accomplish their goals.

    But I do ask, is America’s future contingent on snob schools?

  11. Having a educational system with only one point of view does nothing but create a bunch of parrots. If the expectation is that attendance at a seat of higher learning is to learn how to think critically how does that occur when all your teachers only have one point of view? Just in terms of thinking strategically or tactically one is at a disadvantage because one never would learn how to anticipate an oppositions potential actions if one never learned opposing points of view or thought. It would seem that these schools would be teaching orthodoxy and the term higher education becomes an oxymoron.

    1. It applies to government as well – there’s a reason why blue cities and states are such an unmitigated disaster. They don’t reason. They don’t rationalize, and they won’t listen to those who do. While their heads are in the clouds, the earth erodes beneath their feet.

  12. I think incoming students already know (from high school) that they’ll be lynched if they admit they “identify” as Conservative.

  13. Duh …. When it is well known you get persecuted for being a conservative it isn’t worth the fight until it is. Then watch out.

  14. There is great value in the mythologies of the past. See the work of Carl Jung, Eric Nuemann and Jordan Peterson. Maybe it would be a good idea to have more conservatives in University to defend them and the rest of the Western tradition from the irrational attacks that are coming from the radical left.

    1. Eric Neumann is smart but he is a booger to read. His Psyche and Eros was fascinating, but I have to say some of his conclusions were sort of out there. The whole ants and the seeds thing for example. The Great Mother is better.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. I’ve not read Psyche and Eros but I thought both The Great Mother and The Origins and History of Consiousness were very interesting books.

        1. Oh, that is part of the Bolligen stuff. I may have to grab a copy of that. I have three or four of those somewhere laying around.

          I have not read his The Origins and History of Consiousness.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

  15. “Note that over 40 percent of this country view Trump favorably and the vast majority view themselves as holding either conservative or moderate views. It is demonstrably absurd to argue that this virtual absence of conservative students is somehow the result of accident and not design.”

    It’s actually irrelevant what the views of the country as a whole are, because the country as a whole isn’t applying to Harvard.

    A more appropriate comparison is what % of 18 year olds consider themselves conservative vs. liberal, and even more appropriate is what % of Harvard applicants consider themselves conservative vs. liberal.

    “Liberal faculties routinely dismiss candidates who advance opposing views …”

    A claim for which Turley presents no evidence. Keep in mind that the majority of candidates aren’t hired, regardless of their views; there are multiple candidates for an opening, and only one candidate is hired. Arguably, everyone else is “routinely dismissed.”

  16. Nazis and Commies sitting in same tree. P I s s I n g. First come drizzle and then full rain.
    Those below will feel the pain.

  17. @silberman

    Regarding your statement, “I agree that Liberals can be as delusional and irrational as Conservatives. No one’s beliefs are sacrosanct. Criticizing someone’s beliefs as irrational and harboring superstitions is not a moral judgment about the person.”

    OK, then if Liberals can be just as irrational as conservatives, then how come only 7% of Harvard is conservative??? If both sides are equally open to being irrational ( a position I agree with), then why should the mix not be 50-50???

    I believe it is because the bias is in favor of liberal irrationality. For example, there are two sexes, as a matter of science. Men can not become women by simply changing their minds, yet that ridiculous belief is widely held by the folks who run Harvard and so they do not screen out the liberal idiot students who apply there with that belief system.

    And as far as religion in general, I think the Left side of the spectrum has become pretty much faith-based, and fanatic about it. I have said this before:
    I think this would be more understandable if we quit viewing these people as normal, sane individuals, and instead view them as what they are– religious fanatics. Many Democrats and Leftists have gone off the deep end on the Democratic Party Narrative, the same way some people go off the deep end over Christianity. I think this is the result of a certain mindset, or maybe Jungian archetype that manifests itself in different ways over different time periods. Move these people back in time a hundred years and they would be busting up saloons and trying to save fallen women from alcohol. Move them to 1930-1940s Germany, and they would be just peachy with rounding up the Jews. Move them back several hundred years and they would be burning heretics at the stake. Or prosecuting witches, as in Europe, and then Salem.

    The root of the current manifestation is the whole “we are on the side of the angels” belief among Democrats – that they are good and moral and smart and anybody who isn’t one of them is on the side of the devils. Just like the Spanish Inquisitors thought they were on the side of God, It explains the violent SJWS who are literally trying to burn people (heretics) alive with Molotov cocktails. It explains the Original Sin-like attributes of White Privilege, and the hysterical over-reaction to people who simply say All Lives Matter. And the burning need (literally sometimes) to rewrite history and dwell on 1492 and 1619. It explains the hyperbole about Global Warming and its apocalyptic effect on Earth. Think of Al Gore here, playing St. John of Patmos.

    There is even a parallel between “safe spaces” and the “sanctuary” aspect of churches. It explains the hysteria over various symbols like the Confederate flag, or statues of Columbus. It is simply religious fervor and fanaticism unmoored from a physical church building or any actual belief in a god. In fact, the current religious fanatics of the woke Democratic Left are anti-religion and anti-Christianity most of the time. But I surmise that it is more of a Catholic vs. Protestant schism or interdenominational squabble. This is why you see the tremendous pressure on Free Speech, and the attempt to shut down any dissenting view – because those views are not just arguably “wrong”, but are blasphemy and heresy. You even have a tie-in to “transubstantiation” where instead of the bread becoming the actual body of Christ, a man can become a woman, and vice versa, just because they have that Democratic Party faith. They have even brought back the old practice of “shunning”, where the members of the church would “dis-infellowship” the excommunicated, or others who broke certain religious taboos. Now, it is called “cancel culture.”

    Outside of the cynical power mad maniacs like Pelosi, the Democrat Party is simply being led by religious fanatics. The Democrats had to go to a faith-based belief system because their main theories about life have turned out to be crap. No, you can’t replace fathers with a welfare check. No, you can’t make black people equal by affirmative action and test score-padding. No, you can’t be nice to criminals and cut down crime. No, feminism doesn’t work, which is why you have to import religiously conservative baby-makers from Mexico and Central America. No, smoking dope doesn’t make you a better person, or a better citizen. No, people who burn down buildings and loot shoe stores are not oppressed.

    Democrats are starting to be confronted with the fact that cities and states they have run for decades are not the paradises that were promised. No, by and large they suck. Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, etc. And it is becoming more obvious to sensible people. Electing Democrats did not make things all better. So that is why they need to double down on that Old Time Religion, so to speak, and by the way, wasn’t that FDR a real pip way back when!

    And it is not going to get any better. As they are constantly barraged by real, actual facts as opposed to politically correct facts, they are going to become more mentally unraveled. They are already clamoring to defund the police, which pits them against the cynical wing of the party who knows that is nonsense. They are clamoring to secede, and just like the Old Time Puritans seeking religious freedom, they are trying to set up their own autonomous zones for “religious freedom” purposes, where they can worship at the altar of Social Justice. Delusional people do not go down easily. They go out kicking and screaming.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

      1. I see what you said as expressing your admiration for professors, in general. Just like the peasants admired priests and pastors. And as far as the University being “cerebral”, it should be, but it quite often isn’t. For example, some black professors are certain Cleopatra was black, and pretty much go off on a race-based bunch of silliness. And other professors, like Mary Lefkowitz, get panned for disagreeing with that “progressive” belief. And as far as the result, I submit these two examples:




        And no, the second one is not a joke. Grab your barf bag if you intend to listen to the reasoned arguments from the national debate champions.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

    1. well said
      i frget who said it
      but the problem is not that people do no believe in god, but that they will believe in anything
      lefties have replace god w/ wokeness and self determined ideas of justice with all the zeal of a religious revival

      1. You are looking for this: “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

        ― G.K. Chesterton. He was a popular English Catholic writer of the Father Brown mysteries and much literary criticism.

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