Poll: Nearly 75 percent of Republican college students hide their views to save their grades
Nearly 75 percent of Republican college students said they withhold their political views in class over fear that professors will lower their grades, the College Fix reported.
College Pulse — an online survey and analytics outfit focused on college students — conducted a survey of 1,000 Republican and Republican-leaning college students in late August exclusively for the outlet, the College Fix said.
Responding to the question, "Have you ever withheld your political views in class for fear that your grades would suffer?" 73 percent of students who identify as "strong Republican" said yes, and 71 percent of students who identify as "weak Republican" also answered affirmatively, the outlet reported.
In addition, 70 percent of students who identify as Republican-leaning independents also said they keep their views under wraps, the Fix noted.
'I actually got yelled at by a professor for my views on gun control'
Student respondents also had the option of adding comments, the outlet said. Here's a sampling:
- Western Kentucky University: I wrote a 19-page research paper on a Christian pro-life movement. I was the only one in the class that, when presenting my paper, had a "surprise visitor" (who was the teacher's very liberal friend) argue [with] me ...
- Notre Dame: I actually got yelled at by a professor for my views on gun control. It wasn't an argument or anything, just plain one-sided insulting.
- Clemson: I know a guy who chose to write a pro-border wall argumentative essay for our super liberal professor and the prof just wrote "this whole paper is one big fallacy" and bombed him. Me? I wrote about the evils of horse racing. Perfectly safe topic.
- N.C. State: Why would I get myself killed to say I'm a libertarian in a philosophy class.
- University of Louisville: I am conservative. I would be crucified. I heard enough horror stories from friends and family to keep my mouth shut and avoid politics in class if at all possible.
- Kansas State: Professor the day after the presidential election kicked two students wearing MAGA hats out of class. I was appalled. We're all people, if someone disagrees with you — love them anyways.
- Missouri: I'm a conservative, but my essays are very liberal.
- Arizona State: In my sociology class, my professor asked us if we would give our child hormone blockers if they believed they were transgender (that was the day's lesson). One guy said he would rather teach his daughter to love her body the way it is than change it. She straight-up said "so you would be a bad parent then? What was your name again?" Then she went to type something on her computer. Not a good day for him, I'm sure.
A recent College Pulse survey found that college students overwhelmingly believe Barack Obama was the "best U.S. president in history."