- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2002

For decades, American college campuses have been hotbeds of liberalism and radicalism. And in more recent years, those same campuses essentially were single-handedly responsible for inventing and proliferating the odious doctrine of political correctness. Even by these well-known "standards," however, the campus-wide political-diversity statistics published in the September issue of the American Enterprise magazine are eye-popping.
In a project joined by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, the magazine commissioned student volunteers to compile voter-registration records from the local Board of Elections and cross-reference them with faculty rosters across the nation. Professors whose voter registrations specified an affiliation with the Democratic, Green or Working Families parties were classified as members of the left. Professors whose registrations linked them to the Republican and Libertarian parties were classified as members of the right. Without exception, the research revealed that an overwhelmingly disproportionate majority of faculty members aligned themselves with the left.
At Cornell University, the left exceeded the right by a 166-6 margin. In the English department, the left outnumbered the right 35-1. In the history department, it was 29-0. Professors of the left reigned in the political science department, 16-1. In the women's studies department, it was 33-0.
At Harvard University, the collective left/right ratio for the economics, political science and sociology departments was 50-2. At Stanford, the left outnumbered the right by 151-17. At the University of California at San Diego, the ratio was 99-6. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, it was 116-5. Even at the University of Texas at Austin, the left outnumbered the right by 94-15.
For the six universities where a breakdown was provided for journalism departments, the left collectively outnumbered the right 61-6. That lopsided division undoubtedly helps to explain why a 1996 survey by the Freedom Forum and the Roper Center found that 89 percent of Washington-based news-bureau chiefs and congressional correspondents voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 over President Bush, who received 7 percent of the vote.
The magazine also reported that the Center for the Study of Popular Culture commissioned Frank Luntz Research last year to poll more than 150 professors from a cross section of Ivy League universities. Thirty percent characterized their general outlook as "somewhat liberal," and 34 percent described their outlook as "liberal." Only 6 percent of the Ivy League professors called themselves "somewhat conservative," while not a single one labeled himself (or herself) "conservative." Meanwhile, 84 percent said they voted for Al Gore, 6 percent voted for Ralph Nader, and 9 percent cast their ballots for George W. Bush.
For all the incessant talk about the indispensable need for diversity in the student body generated by affirmative action, the utter lack of political diversity among the nation's university faculties speaks volumes about the rampant hypocrisy that pervades America's college campuses.

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