The Crimson strokes its chin and wonders if diversity in politics should, or even could, be established at Harvard.
[T]hat conservatives come in small numbers at Harvard comes as no shock. For years, The Crimsonâ€™s freshman survey has found that liberals may outnumber conservatives in incoming classes by as much as five to oneâ€”65.1 percent of the 1,184 respondents to this fallâ€™s Class of 2019 survey, for example, identify as somewhat liberal or very liberal, compared to just 12.2 percent who identify as somewhat conservative or very conservative. Last year, among survey respondents from the graduating College Class of 2015, former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton had a higher favorability rating than Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walkerâ€”combined. A surveyed senior was almost 10 times more likely to have a favorable view of Bernie Sanders than Ted Cruz.
And the liberal bentâ€”to put it mildlyâ€”is not limited to the student body. A Crimson data analysis last year found that nearly 84 percent of campaign contributions from a group of 614 University faculty, instructors, and researchers between 2011 and the third quarter of 2014 went to federal Democratic campaigns and political action committees. In the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, that number was closer to 96 percent. …
â€œDiversity? Political? Two words [that] can be put in the same sentence?â€ concludes freshman Sapna V. Rampersaud â€™19, a registered Republican.