ERIC Number: ED071586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
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Senior Attitudes on Current Issues.
In the spring of 1969, questionnaires were sent to a random sample of all 1969 seniors at the State University of New York at Buffalo to gather information of student attitudes concerning civil rights, Vietnam, poverty, selective service, and East-West differences. Of the 106 men and 90 women that responded to the questionnaire, a majority of students reported there had been a change in their thinking on the issue of civil rights since their college experience, especially in the areas of increased awareness, increased knowledge, or greater concern regarding this problem. A majority of students indicated that their attitude regarding the way in Vietnam had changed since they entered college, with 75% stating unequivocally that they were against U.S. involvement in Vietnam and that we should withdraw our troops. The problem of poverty seemed to be more of an enigma to students than the problems of civil rights or Vietnam; there were fewer specific positions taken and fewer solutions proposed than for either of the 2 previous questions. More than twice as many students said that they had changed their thoughts on the issue of selective service, with 74% against the draft as it existed at that time or beginning to question its advisability. A sizeable number of students indicated that their views on the issue of East-West differences had changed during their college years, and most students spoke specifically of Russia and the United States in their responses, rather than in the more vague terms of East and West. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Univ. Research Office.