Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Interesting Statistics

Facebook now allows you to see various statistics within a "network" (this is essentially the school you attend).
One of the statistics you can see is the percentages of each political views. Obviously this isn't a perfect example, b/c alot of people do not post their political beliefs; but it is a good guide.

Below is the breakdowns for some of our schools here in Virginia:

Virginia Tech: 15% Conservative, 14% Moderate, 13% Liberal
UVa: 21% Liberal, 13% Moderate, 10% Conservative
JMU: 18% Liberal, 14% Moderate, 14% Conservative
VMI: 38% Conservative, 16% Moderate, 3% Liberal
GMU: 16% Liberal, 14% Moderate, 10% Conservative
VCU: 21% Liberal, 13% Moderate, 8% Conservative

Based on the results I would say this is pretty accurate. I was naturally glad to see the conservatives edge the liberals here in Blacksburg.

If you want to know another school's breakdown, leave it in the comments section and I will get it for you.


  • At 4/11/2007 6:52 PM, Blogger CR UVa said…

    While the partisans on college campuses can be loud (the liberals more so than the conservatives), others (libertarians, "moderates", and others) tend to avoid making much noise at all. In fact, many of my friends at school would claim to be apolitical or apathetic (though I know they are not) simply because they wanted to avoid the (natural) conflict of politics. These values can also be skewed as many "progressive" liberals like to see themselves as moderates.

    I will say though that I am surprised at VMIs numbers. Though I expected to see a fairly conservative lean, I was not expecting it to be that high.

  • At 4/12/2007 12:45 AM, Blogger James E. Martin said…

    UMW is 26% Liberal and 11% Conservative. Go Mary Wash!

  • At 4/12/2007 12:53 PM, Anonymous finnegan said…

    "...many "progressive" liberals like to see themselves as moderates."

    There's really no way to back that up. I could just as easily make the claim that many conservatives call themselves moderates, and it would have as much statistical value.

    Probably an equal amount of both, since there really is no set definition of "moderate."


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