Poll: Political Bias Among U.S. College Professors

Ninety-seven percent of adults say professor bias — exerting political pressure and proselytizing — is a “serious” or “very serious” problem at our colleges and universities, according to a new Zogby Interactive poll. Notably, 91 percent of conservatives polled called professor bias a “serious” problem, but only three percent of liberals agreed. Men were much more likely (64%) than women (53%) to see the bias of professors as a problem.

Sara Dogan, national campus director with Students for Academic Freedom, hears complaints from students on a daily basis. “There’s been a greater realization in recent years on the part of students that the education they’re getting is very much slanted,” she said. “Students are beginning to wake up to the fact that they can fight this.” One way to take action: a “Student’s Bill of Rights.” Dogan’s group is promoting state legislation that would protect students from professors who have conflicting opinions.

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