Political Leanings by College Major

Discussion in 'Political Discussions' started by sanantone, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    This thread is related to education and politics, but I decided to put this here since it's not specifically related to distance education.

    I came across this interesting list on a conservative website for women. I have no idea where they obtained their information. I might contact the editor for sources. However, while this list might look strange to many, it looks about right to me. There's this misconception that STEM majors lean right. It's possible that they might lean more fiscally conservative, but to assume that they would be more socially conservative would go against statistics in other areas. Not only are scientists more likely to believe that current global warming is caused by human activity (they don't even see this as a political issue, but it has been politicized), American scientists are also more likely than the general population to be atheists and agnostics. Post-graduates and those who are non-religious tend to be pro-choice.

    I should note that being religious does not always lead to being socially conservative. Education majors are very religious, but they are also very liberal.

    Most Conservative And Liberal College Majors - Future Female Leaders
    Scientists and Belief | Pew Research Center
    In U.S., Nonreligious, Postgrads Are Highly "Pro-Choice"

    Here's another interesting study that found that biology and physical science majors are just about as religious as they were when they started college, so it look like their studies may have little to no effect on their religious beliefs.

    Study shows how college major and religious faith affect each other | University of Michigan News
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  2. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    History 88% liberal. No big surprise here.
  3. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Marketing 60% Conservative. No big surprise here.
  4. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    General Business 58% Liberal. Now there's a surprise.
  5. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    I was surprised that Law Enforcement (which I assume includes Criminal Justice) was only 51% conservative, in my experience it's much higher.

    Not at all surprising was Sociology at 96% liberal.
  6. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    Agreed. However, look at sanantone as a possible representative of the 51%. Those who actually work in criminal justice are probably more likely to be conservatives, as opposed to liberals who have never worked in it, but are nonetheless studying it.
  7. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    I think having a major and being in a career or industry that USES that major are two entirely different things. I enjoyed the casual study of psychology and registered at HES with the full intent of earning a masters in psychology until I realized it was science fiction. I promptly collected my "A" and exited stage left.
  8. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    LOL that's a good point! Someone once said that mentally unstable people gravitate towards psychology so they can try and figure out what is wrong with themselves. LOL
  9. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    I've been working in the criminal justice field for about a decade. Most CJ majors won't go on to graduate school. Most end up in security, corrections, law enforcement, and paralegal work. A lot also end up in community corrections (parole and probation) or criminal justice- related social services i.e. investigating child abuse or victim services.

    Police officers and corrections officers can be pretty hostile toward liberals, so they keep their opinions to themselves. Social workers can be hostile toward conservatives, but there aren't many in social work.
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  10. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    They likely lumped together criminology, CJ, law enforcement, police science, etc. Law enforcement programs aren't that numerous.
  11. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    In the law, anyway, the labels "liberal" and "conservative" don't make a lot of sense or at least don't mean what they seem to mean in the political world. Chief Justice Roberts has voted in ways that political conservatives find infuriating such as Obamacare. The late Justice Scalia's confrontation clause cases (a rather monumental piece of jurisprudence, by the way) went a long way toward protecting citizens from unfounded criminal prosecutions. A legal philosophy is a very individual thing.

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