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CIRP Survey: Political Beliefs

 
         CIRP Freshman Survey
Table 6A: Political Beliefs
  Miami University - Historical Trends   Current Results: 2013
2009 2010 2011 2012   Miami University Public Universities - High Selectivity
For the activities below, indicate which ones you did during the past year.              
How would you characterize your political views?
  Far left
2.6% NA 1.9% 1.5%   1.8% 2.5%
Liberal 25.3% NA 22.1% 21.2%   21.6% 32.3%
Middle-of-the-road 38.3% NA 41.3% 42.1%   38.6% 40.5%
Conservative 30.9% NA 32.3% 32.6%   34.5% 23.1%
Far right 2.9% NA 2.5% 2.5%   3.5% 1.6%
Percentage of students who agree "strongly" or "somewhat" with the following statements:           
Wealthy people should pay a larger share of taxes than they do now. NA NA NA 46.2%   48.4% 62.0%
Affirmative action in college admissions should be abolished. NA NA NA NA   53.4% 55.1%
The federal government should do more to control the sale of handguns. NA NA NA NA   56.2% 66.0%
A national health care plan is needed to cover everybody's medical costs. NA NA 44.3% 45.7%   43.7% 56.5%
The federal government should raise taxes to reduce the deficit. NA NA NA NA   34.6% 41.4%
Addressing global warming should be a federal priority. NA NA 53.1% NA   50.8% 61.6%
The chief benefit of a college education is that it increases one's earning power. NA NA 70.7% NA   67.7% 68.7%
Gays and lesbians should have the legal right to adopt a child. NA NA NA NA   85.2% 88.0%
Undocumented immigrants should be denied access to public education. NA NA 55.3% NA   51.8% 40.0%

 

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