75% of Republican College Students Hide Views to Protect Grades, Polls Reveals
Survey reveals conservative views are being kept secret in American colleges
Almost 75 percent of Republican college students say they hide their political views over fears it will have a negative impact on their grades, according to a new poll.
The students surveyed say they keep conservative views a secret because they believe their liberal professors will lower their grades, the College Fix reported.
The poll as conducted by College Pulse — an online survey and analytics outfit focused on college students.
1,000 Republican and Republican-leaning college students were polled in late August exclusively for the outlet, the College Fix said.
Students were asked to respond 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.
While 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 of comments left by the students in the poll:
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.