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Yale student survey results: Conservative views ‘unwelcome’ on campus

Yale remains “deeply unwelcoming” to students who hold conservative beliefs, according to a new survey.

Almost three-quarters of those who participated (2,054 respondents from across the political spectrum) say the school “does not provide a welcoming environment for conservative students to share their opinions on political issues,” according to the Yale Daily News.

Those who consider themselves “conservative” or “very conservative” feel more strongly: 95% say their views aren’t welcome.

“Anybody who supports Donald Trump or is a Republican is just hated,” said one respondent, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of backlash from liberal students. “I just get the general vibe that Republicans aren’t respected for their beliefs as much as maybe the liberal people are.”

From the article:

More than 60 percent of the 103 Yale students supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said they are “uncomfortable” or “very uncomfortable” discussing their political beliefs at Yale. …

By contrast, more than 98 percent of respondents said Yale is welcoming to students with liberal beliefs. And among students who described themselves as “liberal” or “very liberal,” 85 percent said they are “comfortable” or “very comfortable” sharing their political views in campus discussions. …

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Claire Williamson ’17 said it became harder to express conservative viewpoints during the controversies surrounding Calhoun College and the title“master” last fall. Students who did not hold the “popular vocal opinion” of renaming the college and changing the title were seen not only as wrong, she said, but as bad people.

“I would say it’s a frustrating Catch-22 to be a conservative-leaning moderate or conservative on campus,” Williamson said. “You’re sort of airing your own political views and trying to talk about them with the risk that someone disagrees with you to the point of assuming you’re an immoral person because of them. You either stay silent or you risk alienating some of your friends and groups around you.”

Yale political science lecturer Jim Sleeper is quoted as saying that some self-censorship “is necessary and good.”

“What you disagree about productively depends on certain things you agree not to disagree about,” he adds. “Civility requires self-restraint.” No examples are provided as to just whatcertain things” one should “agree not to disagree about.”

The College Fix gets a mention for its report on conservative students at fellow Ivy League Columbia being bullied and censored, and even fearing for their physical safety.

Read the full Daily News piece.

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