College Students' Attitudes. (Opinion Pulse)

By Bowman, Karlyn | The American Enterprise, September 2002 | Go to article overview
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College Students' Attitudes. (Opinion Pulse)

Bowman, Karlyn, The American Enterprise

For years, conservatives have complained about the political views of faculty members, particularly those in the humanities. But faculty attitudes haven't radicalized students. The number of college freshmen who consider themselves far left or liberal is down since the question was first asked in 1970. Conservatives have gained a bit of ground, but most students call themselves moderates. Recent surveys show that college students support the war oil terrorism and consider themselves patriotic. Majorities say they would serve, in some capacity, if drafted.

Question: Was the ...? 
American military 
effort in Afghanistan 
was just               72% 
Don't know/ 
refused                13% 
Unjust                 15% 
American military 
action Afghanistan 
is moral               63% 
Don't know/ 
refused                16% 
Immoral                21% 
Question: President Bush used the term 
"axis of evil" to describe nations 
that mean us harm. Does ...? 
Axis of 
evil does 
not exist               51% 
Don't know/ 
refused                  7% 
Exists                  43% 
Source: Luntz Research Companies for Empower America, May 2002. 
Note: Table made from pie chart. 
Question: Would you ...? 
Support military action against 
other countries that assist of 
shelter terrorists                76% 
Oppose                            22 
Source: SWR Delta Volpe for the Institute 
of Politics at Harvard, October 2001. 
Note: Table made from bar graph. 
Question: Do you agree ...? 
U.S. government has the right 
to invade Iraq because Saddam 
Hussein is still attempting to 
build weapons of mass destruction   67% 
Disagree                            31 
Source: Luntz Research Companies for 
Empower America, May 2002. 

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