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3 in 4 liberals at Yale ‘comfortable’ sharing their views, reverse for conservatives: survey

A new poll has found that a whopping 70 percent of students at Yale University have experienced “political bias in the classroom.”

Commissioned by the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale, the poll said the perceived bias has come from “students, professors or teaching fellows.” An overwhelming majority of respondents – 88 percent – perceives the Yale faculty as “liberal.” Nearly 45 percent of respondents listed themselves as “‘not comfortable’ voicing their opinions in the classroom and on campus on issues such as politics, race, religion and gender.”

More than half of the respondents “reported feeling intimidated to share their ideas, opinions or beliefs in class because they were different than those of their classmates or peers.”

From the survey summary:

– By ideology, liberals and conservatives are also opposite, with 74% of liberals feeling comfortable (24% uncomfortable) and 71% of conservative feeling uncomfortable (27% comfortable). Moderates are slightly more likely to feel uncomfortable, 54% to 45%.

– Seven in ten, 70%, have had experiences with political bias in the classroom often, while 26% say it has not happened often.

– Republicans are most likely to have experienced political bias often, 88% to 11%. Even two in three Democrats, 64%, and 74% of Independents have also experienced political bias often.

– Eighty-four percent (84%) of conservatives have experienced political bias in the classroom, as have 74% of moderates and 64% of liberals.

Read the press release and survey summary.

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