WFR Party Identification Study

Summary Statistics

Undergraduate College Party Affiliation: 73.2% D, 15.5% U, 11.3% R
Division 1: Humanities Party Affiliation: 72.7% D, 22.7% U, 4.5% R
Division 2: Literature Party Affiliation: 90.7% D, 4.65% U, 4.65% R
Division 3: Fine Arts Party Affiliation: 83.8% D, 5.4% U, 10.8% R
Division 4: Social Sciences Party Affiliation: 69.9% D, 18.3% U, 11.8% R
Division 5: Math and Sciences Party Affiliation: 61.3% D, 18.8% U, 20% R
Foreign Languages Party Affiliation: 81.8% D, 15.9% U, 2.3% R
Health and Exercise Science Party Affiliation: 61.5% D, 7.7% U, 30.8% R
Not Found Professors: 38


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A list of professors was collected from the website of each department considered in this analysis. Emeritus professors, visiting professors, instructors as well as post-graduate scholar fellows were not considered in the analysis. The name of professors as well as their position and department was confirmed on WIN, and then searched on the North Carolina Public Voter Search. If the faculty member could not be found on WIN, information from the department website was used in its place. If the position of faculty in a department was different on WIN and the department website, the department website’s information was used. Registered Democrats were marked as Democrats and registered Republicans were marked as Republicans. Unaffiliated faculty were marked as unaffiliated if they never voted in a primary or voted in the primaries of multiple parties. Faculty who were registered unaffiliated but only voted in a Democratic primary were marked as D-Unaffiliated and coded as Democrat Leaners. Faculty who were registered unaffiliated but only voted in a Republican primary were marked as R-Unaffiliated and coded as Republican Leaners. Faculty whose registration data could not be found were marked as unknown and not included in the analysis. 358 Professors were included in the analysis, 38 professors’ party registration was not found.

Departments Considered

Foreign Languages: Romance Languages, Russian & German, East Asian Languages
Health and Exercise Science Department
Division 1: History, Philosophy, Religion
Division 2: English and Classical Languages
Division 3: Art, Music, Theatre & Dance
Division 4: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Education, Politics, Psychology, Sociology
Division 5: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics

Why not include the Business School?

  1. All students have to complete divisional requirements, an HES requirement, and Foreign Language requirement. Students have to apply to get into the Business School and can choose not to go there.
  2. Most of these requirements are completed in the first year and a half of college, which is an critical time for students as they form opinions on issues. There are no required courses taught from the Business School.