53 Percent Say California Public Universities Teach Political Bias in Classroom

The latest Reason-Rupe poll of Californians found 53 percent believe California public university professors present topics in the classroom in a politically biased way, 24 percent thought these university professors taught in a politically balanced manner.

Among the majority of California who believe the state’s public higher education system promotes political bias, 68 percent said it was a liberal bias while 8 percent thought it was a conservative bias. A fifth said “some other kind of bias” was taught in public university classrooms.

Most telling is that among the age cohort most likely attending California public colleges, 66 percent of 18-24 year-olds believe there is political bias taught in the classroom. Among those who perceive bias, 53 percent say it’s a liberal bias and 5 percent say it’s a conservative bias; 39 percent say its some other kind of bias. Although majorities of nearly every other age cohort also perceive a political bias, they are less likely than the college-age cohort.

Interestingly the more education respondents’ attain, the less likely they are to report political bias in public classrooms. It’s unclear whether this is a result of greater experience at public universities, or individuals’ conforming their values to their environment. For instance, among those with post-graduate degrees, 59 percent are Democratic or lead Democratic compared to 37 percent who are Republican or lean Republican.

Perceptions of political bias at California’s public campuses also vary by respondents’ own political beliefs. For instance, a plurality (43 percent) of self identified liberals do not believe there is political bias in CA university classrooms, but 82 percent of self identified conservatives think there is bias. Eighty-two percent of Republicans and 54 percent of Independents agree, compared to 37 percent of Democrats.

Majorities of Caucasian, African-American, and Latino respondents all perceive political bias, but the kind of bias they detect varies widely. Among African-Americans, 19 percent perceive a liberal bias, 23 percent find a conservative bias, and 54 percent detect some other kind of bias. However, 47 percent of Latinos find a liberal bias, 14 percent see a conservative bias, and 33 percent perceive some other kind of bias. Caucasians are most likely to find a liberal bias (81 percent), while 6 percent find a conservative bias, and 10 percent say some other kind of bias.

 

These findings of potential political bias at publicly funded universities are particularly troubling given higher education’s ballooning costs and receding state revenue that led to the passage of Prop 30 raising additional taxes to help fund education.

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  • WTF||

    The latest Reason-Rupe poll of Californians found 53 percent believe California public university professors present topics in the classroom in a politically biased way

    What the hell is wrong with the other 47%..oh, 47%, never mind...

  • WTF||

    8 percent thought it was a conservative bias

    Holy shit.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Those were the Commie-Nazis.

  • Rick Santorum||

    That feel when one 1 out of every 13 students is a clinically insane socialist.

  • Shmurphy||

    Who the fuck are the dipshits who would think that Universities (!) in California (!!) have a conservative bias (!!!)?!

  • InlineSkate||

    Not really surprised in regards to High School political bias.

    Civics and history always seemed to be the same old story. Big government swooping in to save the public from the tyranny of the "evil" corporations.

  • Rick Santorum||

    These findings of potential political bias at publicly funded universities are particularly troubling

    Though not at all surprising.

  • ||

    Mr. Hand was biased against pizza delivery.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Epi, do you still have that photo of Larry Csonka on your desk?

  • ||

    Yeah. What of it?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Rowsdower! That's right, you heard me.

  • Hugh Akston||

    "And I will be the one / To hold Larry Csonka down / Kiss him so hard / I'll take Larry Csonka's breath away..."

  • ||

    "Dear Counselor Troi, I waited for you at the Denny's but you never showed."

  • ||

    On the plus side, if that many people believe they are biased, then at least their expressing skepticism of what they are being taught.

    I'd be more worried if the majority were saying there was a conservative bias or that there was no bias at all.

  • sarcasmic||

    InterestinglyNot surprisingly the more education respondents’ attain seek, the less likely they are to report notice political bias in public classrooms.

    ftfy
  • Auric Demonocles||

    53% of commenters would give more donations if alt-text was taught in Reason employee classrooms.

  • R C Dean||

    What's really troubling is that so many people are completely blind to the bias institutionalized in these schools.

  • ||

    I know, right? It's obviously a heavy libertarian bias anyway, what with our massive deregulation and libertarian-dominated media and all.

  • ||

    Interestingly the more education respondents’ attain, the less likely they are to report political bias in public classrooms. It’s unclear whether this is a result of greater experience at public universities, or individuals’ conforming their values to their environment. For instance, among those with post-graduate degrees, 59 percent are Democratic or lead Democratic compared to 37 percent who are Republican or lean Republican.

    This isn't much of a mystery. People who think the education they're getting is biased will be less likely to want more of it.

  • InlineSkate||

    Or they eventually succumb to the ideology.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • ||

    WTF is an 'other' kind of bias?

  • Fish999||

    I guess I'm lucky. My polisci teacher in college in Cali was anarcho-libertarian from Lebanon. Try wrapping your head around that on your first day. Especially when he starts by telling you your teachers lied to you and your not nearly as free as you think

  • ant1sthenes||

    Just proof that Americans are idiots. University bias is usually either socialist or fascist, almost never liberal or conservative.

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