Study: College Freshmen Move Left on Key Issues
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The percentage of entering college freshmen who say they are liberal or conservative has not changed much over the past few years, but a growing number of this year's first-year students describe themselves as middle-of-the-road, an annual survey shows. Yet their answers to several questions on political and social issues showed a leftward shift in their views.
"Given the influence of young voters in the last presidential election, candidates may want to pay careful attention to the student perspective," says John Pryor, director of UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program, which released survey findings this week.