Conservative students on campuses across the country are often accused of being intolerant or holding reprehensible views. Yet, a new study from one campus suggests the ire might be misdirected.
A study undertaken at Dartmouth College shows Democrats at the Ivy League institution can be a bit intolerant themselves, particularly when it comes to who they’d prefer to room with, as Bre Payton of The Federalist points out in a recent article on the findings:
From the article:
In the campus-wide field survey, students of all political stripes were asked how comfortable they would be about living with a roommate who holds opposing political views. Of the 432 students surveyed, only 39 percent of students who identified as Democrats said they would feel comfortable living with a Republican, 16 percent said they felt neutral about the proposed arrangement, while 45 percent, a plurality, said they felt uncomfortable.
A majority of students who identified as Republicans (69 percent) said they were comfortable living with someone of opposing political views, 19 percent said they felt neutral about it, and only 12 percent said they felt uncomfortable. Among Independent students, 61 percent said they felt comfortable living with someone with opposite views, 22 percent were neutral about it, and 16 percent were uncomfortable.
Payton notes the findings are unsurprising, especially given leftist students’ penchant for shutting down conservative speakers on college campuses.
“It also makes sense that Republican students are the most comfortable about living with those who hold opposing political views, because conservative college students often find themselves as a political minority on campus,” she writes.