STUDY: Profs donate to Dems over Republicans by 95:1 ratio

  • A new study found that professors donate far more often to Democrats than to Republicans.
  • Among thousands of professors in 31 states and D.C., just 22 donated exclusively to Republicans.
  • Meanwhile, 2,081 donated to Democrats and another nine donated to both parties.

A recent study found that U.S. college professors donate exclusively to Democrats over Republicans by a 95:1 ratio. 

Two researchers, Heterodox Academy Director of Research Sean Stevens and Brooklyn College Professor Mitchell Langbert conducted the study, published by the National Association of Scholars. They looked at the political donations of 12,372 college professors at universities in 31 states and the District of Columbia during the past two election cycles in 2015-16 and 2017-18. 

Stevens and Langbert conducted their study by looking at political donation data available from the Federal Election Commission.

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Of those professors, 2,112 made political donations, 2,081 of which were donated to Democrats. Just 22 of those 2,112 professors donated to Republicans. Nine professors donated to both Republicans and Democrats, according to the study.  

The findings indicate that professors donated to Democrats more than Republicans by a 95:1 ratio. In addition to the number of professors who donated to Democrats versus Republicans, the study also revealed how many professors are registered to vote as Democrats compared with professors who are registered as Republicans. Nearly half of the 12,372 professors --- 48.5 percent --- are registered Democrats while just 5.7 percent are registered Republicans. 

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The study follows a series of analyses by Campus Reform, which looked at political donations among faculty at individual schools across the U.S. In each one of those analyses, more than 90 percent of donations by college administrators and faculty were to Democrats. 

Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated that of the 12,172 professors included in the study, 2,301 of them donated politically. The number is actually 2,112. Campus Reform regrets the error.

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