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Mostly Democrats Now



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In the tradition of Daniel Klein and Charlotta Stern, the Pope Center has examined the political makeup of the faculty of North Carolina colleges and universities (54 institutions in all) — and learned that they are mostly Democrats!

The study, directed by Jenna Ashley Robinson, was based on the affiliations of faculty in the political science and economics departments. Using voter-registration data, Robinson compiled ratios for Democrats to Republicans on all campuses (except for a handful that either lacked one of those departments or for which information couldn’t be found).

The most unbalanced campuses were the University of North Carolina at Asheville, which had a ratio of ten Democrats to zero Republicans, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Elon University, which both had a ratio of 14 Democrats to one Republican. There were also a few Republican majorities. The strongest showing was by Campbell University, a private school, which had a ratio of three Republicans to one Democrat. You can view the entire list on the Pope Center site. 



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