- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A recent poll of Yale University’s 2022 class found a higher percentage of students who identify as part of the LGBT community than those with a politically conservative worldview.

The U.S. population as a whole may nearly be split down the middle in terms of its political beliefs, but those who walk onto the New Haven, Connecticut, campus essentially enter into a different culture. Roughly 14 percent of Yale’s incoming class identifies as bisexual/pansexual/gay/lesbian compared with roughly 10 percent of students who possess a conservative ideology.

A Gallup poll released in May tallies the U.S. LGBT population at 4.5 percent.

“Nearly three-fourths of respondents identify as ‘very liberal’ or ‘somewhat liberal,’ the university’s newspaper reported. “While just over 16 percent said they were centrist, and almost 9 percent somewhat ‘conservative,’ slightly less than 2 percent of respondents identified as ‘very conservative.’”

The education watchdog The College Fix did not receive a response on Wednesday from Yale’s Dean of Student Affairs, Camille Lizarribar, regarding efforts to increase ideological diversity.

Yale’s survey of 1,578 first-year students prompted 864 replies — a 54.75 percent response rate.

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