November 25, 2022

Harvard students reveal their political party preferences. It’s not what you can expect

Harvard University students told Fox News whether they identify as Democrats or Republicans and shared their reasoning ahead of November’s midterm elections.

“I identify as a Democrat only on social issues,” said a college student from South Carolina, citing his support for their stance on women’s rights and marriage equality. “But that doesn’t mean I agree with everything the Democratic Party does.”

But Kyle, a Republican from Connecticut, said: “I’m all about personal liberty, personal liberty, and I think the Republican Party wins on those issues. That doesn’t mean I’m not d okay with some more progressive issues.”

About half of eligible young voters (aged 18 to 29) turned out in the 2020 election, an increase of 11 points from 2016, according to a 2021 analysis from Tufts University. And a Harvard Kennedy poll in April found November’s midterm elections were on track to match record youth turnout in 2018. It also showed younger voters prefer Democratic control, 55 %-34%.

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“The parties have gone so far to the right, so far to the left, that it’s very difficult to identify with any particular party,” said Michael, who called himself an independent.

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Hunter, of New Jersey, told Fox News he was a registered Republican but also identified as an independent.

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“It’s the traditional response to opting out, but I think there’s some merit in being fiscally Republican, socially liberal,” Hunter said.

A Harvard student also said she identifies as an independent, citing the political positions on each side she supported ahead of the midterm elections.

Harvard University students strolling in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, share the political party they identify with.

“I don’t like to identify with either one just because I feel like depending on the politics my views might change,” the student said.

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“I feel like there are issues like education where Republicans are successful,” she said, citing her support for school choice. “But when you look at other issues like immigration reform, I would consider myself more liberal.”

Still, Kyle told Fox News that many students and faculty fear speaking out about their political views, especially if they’re conservative, at a liberal institution like Harvard University.

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Kyle, a Harvard University student who identifies as a Republican, says there isn’t enough conservative representation on campus.

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A Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression survey of nearly 45,000 students at 200 colleges ranked Harvard as the 34th worst school for free speech for the current academic year. Additionally, more than 80% of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences leaned liberal while 1.46% identified as conservative, according to an April Harvard Crimson survey.

“I think when you say you identify with one party or the other, people come to a lot of assumptions about every political issue,” Kyle said. “Sometimes people don’t want to identify one or the other.”

“There’s not enough representation from conservatives and Republicans” at Harvard, Kyle told Fox News. “There are two parties in Washington. There are two parties in government.”