ERIC Number: ED086041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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Student-Faculty Opinion Poll, 1973. Nationwide Surveys on Student and Faculty Opinions of Free Market Philosophy.
This nationwide survey was designed specifically to ascertain student and faculty attitudes toward free enterprise, the free market philosophy, and government intervention. A total of 39,705 survey forms were received by students and faculty members around the country; 14,098 of these were returned for a response rate of 35.15%. Results indicated about 76 percent of the college students in the U.S. hold either consistently anti-free market beliefs or philosophically contradictory beliefs about government and freedom. The same conclusion is indicated by research conducted among 2,205 faculty members from 2,169 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Responses to statements about government intervention indicate that nearly four in ten students believe that the government can be given more problems to solve without also giving it more power over individuals. Seventy-six percent of the college students believe that free enterprise is the system that best preserves freedom of speech, religion, press, personal behavior, etc. Faculty attitudes tend in the same directions: while chairmen of the economics and mathematics departments tend to be more favorable to the free-market philosophy than do students, the chairmen of the political science and sociology departments tend to be less favorable than students toward free enterprise. (Author/MJM)
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Authoring Institution: World Research, Inc., San Diego, CA. Campus Studies Inst. Div.