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CIRP Survey: Political Issues
 

2013 CIRP Freshman Survey: Political Beliefs and Activities

The CIRP Freshman Survey asks several questions related to students' political views. The information below is based on the responses of fall 2013 incoming first-year students on the Oxford campus of Miami University. Also included are trend data for Miami first-year students for the past 5-30 years and comparison results for students at other highly selective public institutions.

Political Beliefs
Incoming Miami students are more likely to call their political views "conservative" rather than "liberal." Miami students are more likely than students from other highly selective public universities to say their political beliefs are "conservative" or "far right" and less likely to say they are "liberal" or "far left." Miami students also tend to have more conservative opinions on a variety of politically-related issues, such as taxation and gun control. Incoming Miami students' political beliefs have shifted quite a bit since Miami first administered the CIRP in 1971. The percentage of students who characterize themselves as "liberal" has decreased while the percentage who characterize themselves as "conservative" has increased. This trend is similar to the trends seen at other highly selective public universities.

Table 6A: Political Beliefs

Figure 6B: Students with "Liberal" Political Views (1971 - 2013)

Figure 6C: Students with "Conservative" Political Views (1971 - 2013)


Political Activities
Incoming Miami students are relatively similar to students from other highly selective public universities in their political activities during high school, although students at other universities were slightly more likely to demonstrate for a cause than were Miami students. Over the past ten years, the percentage of incoming students at Miami and at other highly selective public institutions who have discussed politics during the past year has increased.

Table 6D: High School Political Activities

Figure 6E: Discussed Politics During Past Year (2004 - 2013)


Political Goals and Future Actions

Miami students do not differ from students at other highly selective public universities in the importance they place on influencing the political structure or keeping up to date with political affairs. There is also no difference between incoming students at Miami and students at other highly selective public universities in the extent to which they anticipate participating in student government during college.

Table 6F: Political Goals and Future Actions

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