Wie viele Studenten sind eigentlich weit links (an amerikanischen Universitäten)?

Ein interessanter Artikel im Washington Examiner

Students are cognizant of the real reputational risks that exist when challenging particular sentiments. But I want to encourage incoming students to be bold and steadfast in questioning campus liberal orthodoxy. Because these mobs do not reflect the reality of the student body.

The reality on campus is that these mobs are run by small minorities of students and activist administrators. In contrast, today’s students as a whole are far more open and balanced than news stories reveal. In fact, students want to embrace a diversity of views while on campus.

The most recent report from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), for instance, shows that only 4% of incoming first year students in 2017 identify as far-left with 2% being on the far right. This is hardly a large group of students on the extremes In fact, 41% of incoming students ideologically identify as being middle of the road while 36% identify as being liberal or on the Left and the remaining 23% hold that they are conservative or are on the Right.

Da wäre natürlich die Frage wie links die „normal Linken“ sind und ob sie sich nur nicht als extrem ansehen.

Es wurde noch etwas weiter nachgefragt:

Going further, data from HERI speaks to the question of diverse ideas directly and demonstrates that students want to not only hear a multiplicity of views but consider themselves as more than capable of empathizing with others who hold divergent ideas and beliefs.

In 2015, HERI found that over two-thirds of students agreed with the statement that “dissent is a critical component of the political process” and a minority of students — just 43% — believe that “colleges have the right to ban extreme speakers from campus.” This is strong evidence that most students are not only aware that ideas should be both debated and challenged, but also that speakers should not be forcibly banned — they can be engaged through more speech and reason.

„Eine Minderheit“ stimmt zwar faktisch bei 43%, aber die Minderheit ist da recht dicht an der Hälfte.

HERI also confirmed that incoming college students overwhelmingly respect and crave alternative views as a general principle. As an example, in 2017, 81% of students rated themselves highly as being tolerant “of others with different beliefs” and 77% believed that a major strength of theirs is the “ability to see the world from someone else’s perspective.” Going further, over two-thirds of incoming students stated that a major strength of theirs is an “openness to having [their] own views challenged” and a similar number took pride in their ability to discuss and negotiate controversial issues. The most impressive finding is that 88% held that a major strength of theirs was the “ability to work cooperatively with diverse people.” These are exactly the qualities one should bring to higher education and its marketplace of ideas.

Das immerhin klingt schon recht positiv.

Like the ideology findings, the data tell a very clear story: Incoming students are interested in a multiplicity of ideas and experiences and take pride in their ability to absorb, confront, engage, and react to these varied views. Students are not particularly liberal in general and myopic in terms of how they want to engage with ideas and each other either — they want to empathize and understand.

Gleichzeitig sind die extrem linken Theorien ja teilweise stark verbreitet oder fallen sie mir nur mehr auf weil ich mich mit dem Thema beschäftige? Eine Vielzahl politischer Personen und eine Vielzahl von Journalisten scheint ihnen zuzustimmen.

Sicherlich ist eines der Probleme, dass die radikalen Stimmen da sehr laut sind und jeden, der gegen sie Stellung bezieht gleich stark angreifen.

Ich denke aber auch, dass breite Teile der Bevölkerung davon noch nicht wirklich etwas gehört haben oder es nicht gut finden.