The number of liberal professors is decreasing, but only slightly, while the number of centrists is increasing. A study reported in the journal Public Opinion Quarterly looked at the political affiliations of professors and how they stood on different opinions based on surveys conducted in 1989 and 1997. In that time, the liberal persuasion dropped from 24.6 percent to 23.3 percent. "Middle of the road" professors increased from 16.5 percent to 19.6 percent of professors. The remaining professors in 1997 were listed as 32.6 percent moderately liberal, 17.7 percent moderately conservative, and 6.7 percent conservative. So conservatives are still far outnumbered.
Posted by Angie Holladay
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