Liberal college students more likely than conservatives to vote, data shows

November 1, 2010

University and college students who identify themselves as politically liberal voted at higher rates in the 2008 presidential election than conservatives, according to new data released by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA.

Middle-of-the-road students voted the least, researchers said.

Researchers at the institute — part of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies — analyzed data from separate nationwide surveys, one of students who were freshmen in fall 2008 and the other of seniors. The surveys were administered by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, housed at the institute.

Among the additional patterns that emerged, seniors were more likely than first-year students to vote, and Asians were the demographic group least likely to vote.

Higher Research Institute scholars said they will monitor the 2010 election for any changes in patterns, "with a keen eye towards how colleges and universities act to support and encourage participation in the democratic process."

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3 / 5 (2) Nov 01, 2010
We'll see in 1 day if this is still true.
not rated yet Nov 02, 2010
"If you're not a liberal when you're young you have no heart, If you're not a conservative when you're old, you have no brains" - Twain.
Regarding the "study" It's not at all surprising as that year the young ones voted for a novelty president.
seniors were more likely than first-year students to vote
Yes, with more time to be influenced by a majority of liberal professors. Generally young college people have little to no life experience and vote based on their only source of influence,... while as people age, work, have kids, and deal with actual life, they tend to vote more conservative. Fact.

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