Less than 2 percent of Harvard faculty are conservative, survey finds

  • A recent survey of Harvard University faculty found that just 1.46 percent identify as conservative or very conservative.
  • Meanwhile, a combined 79.7 percent of Harvard's faculty identifies as either liberal or very liberal.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) didn't do as well as she'd hoped on Super Tuesday but it was a much different story among Harvard faculty. 

Even though Warren came in third in Massachusetts overall, her popularity among faculty of arts and sciences at Harvard University, where she once taught and where her husband still teaches, is strong. According to a recent survey by the Harvard Crimson, 44 percent of Harvard faculty supported Warren heading into Super Tuesday. Sen. Bernie Sanders had the support of 20 percent of the Ivy League school's faculty. 

The Crimson distributed a 74-question survey to 1,000 of its faculty members in February. In addition to asking who they supported for the Democratic nomination for president, the survey asked faculty members about their overall political ideology. A combined 79.7 percent said they were either "liberal" (41.3 percent) or "very liberal" (38.4 percent). Just under 20 percent  of faculty, or 18.9 percent, said they identify as "moderate" while just 1.46 percent said they were "conservative and very conservative."

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Just three of the 260 faculty respondents who answered the question of who they support for president in 2020 answered Donald Trump. 

Harvard faculty members' stated support lines up with their political financial donations, as the Crimson found that at least 28 faculty members donated at least $19,666.59 to Warren in 2019 alone. Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg received $7,091 in donations from Harvard's arts and sciences faculty that same year. 

The results from Harvard are similar to the ideological discrepancies at many other colleges and universities around the country, as Campus Reform has reported, including at major schools like the University of Texas, University of Oregon, University of Missouri, and the University of Georgia.

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Another recent study from the Heterodox Academy showed that professors donated to Democrats over Republicans by a 95:1 ratio. That study looked at the political donations of 12,372 professors in 31 states and the District of Columbia and found that of those, 2,112 made political donations, 2,081 of whom gave exclusively to Democrats and 22 of whom gave exclusively to Republicans. Nine professors donated to both Republicans and Democrats, the study found. 

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's CNSNews.com, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at Watchdog.org, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at TheBlaze.com. In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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