The Washington Times has reported on a new survey in which university faculty admitted that they would discriminate against “openly conservative colleagues”–and would be less likely to hire a conservative or positively review his or her research and writing.
The Times reports that one question “asked whether, in choosing between two equally qualified job candidates for one job opening, they would be inclined to vote for the more liberal candidate (i.e., over the conservative).”
How many respondents admitted that they would openly discriminate against the conservative candidate? More than one-third. According to the Times report, one respondent wrote that if department members “could figure out who was a conservative, they would be sure not to hire them.”
As the blog College Insurrection put it, when commenting on this latest piece of evidence of political bias in academia, it doesn’t take a survey to reveal the obvious– that “liberals in academia are among the most intolerant of our species.”