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Survey: 9 percent of CU-wide faculty identify as Republicans, 42 percent as Democrats

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DENVER — A University of Colorado study found only 9 percent of faculty and 17 percent of students across the four campuses identified themselves as Republicans, the Board of Regents was told at a meeting Thursday. At the Boulder campus, only 6 percent of faculty identify themselves as Republicans.

“Where is the diversity in our political affiliation or political philosophy among faculty?” said Republican Regent Sue Sharkey, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. “That is a really small number, so that’s a concern. And the same with our students. As a Republican, that concerns me.”

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The survey also found:

*5.7 percent of faculty on the Boulder campus described themselves as Republicans.

*40.6 percent of faculty on the Boulder campus described themselves as Democrats.

*41.9 percent of faculty across the four campuses described themselves as Democrats.

*17.5 percent of Boulder students identify as atheist

*17 percent of students on all four campuses reported experiencing prejudice or discrimination “sometimes” or “frequently.”

*66.1 percent of all respondents said the university is racially and ethnically diverse.

In all, 9,301 people completed the survey, which is more than 12 percent of university students, faculty and staff members across the four campuses.



  • Dan Cha

    Democrats in Boulder Colorado? This study is akin to saying gays live in San Francisco. The Onion would be proud of the reporting in this story.

  • Colorado Skydog

    Wow, an educated liberal is just as smart as his uneducated liberal illegal counter part. Just what kind of an education does a liberal have? Some artsie, fartsie degree that makes them eligible for unemployment and welfare? How many humanities degrees does it take to find and educated liberal? This study only shows that liberals breed like illegal’s and when the fertilizer hits the ventilator, both extremes will be fodder for the conservatives. See if that “fancy gold seal sheep skin” means a hill of beans in the revolution that is on the horizon at the pace and course this nation is heading. Molon Labe Libratards.

  • Dale Gross

    College educated people are generally smarter, so they are more inclined to not believe in gods; and, of course, this means they won’t be Republican either, as Republicans are guided by the Christian religion (gays are evil, and law enforcement is getting it straight from God).

    • S2

      Wrong, educated by a liberal education system ie. indoctrinated is really just brain washed not smarter. Get a degree in liberal arts thats totally worthless, can’t a job better than working at Starbucks and stuck with 10’s of thousands in student loans, yea thats pretty sharp.

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