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Becoming RightHow Campuses Shape Young Conservatives$
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Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691145372

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691145372.001.0001

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Who Are Conservative Students?

Who Are Conservative Students?

(p.29) Chapter 2 Who Are Conservative Students?
Becoming Right

Amy J. Binder

Kate Wood

Princeton University Press

This chapter asks who conservative students are by drawing on two sources. First are the surveys administered by the University of California at Los Angeles's Higher Education Research Institute to thousands of incoming college freshmen and graduating seniors during the 2000s. The second source is the data collected on different campuses, designed to shed light on the formative years of the students and alumni/ae in their families and their schools, their early experiences with conservatism, and how they acquired the politics bug. Using this information, the chapter examines the students' demographics, political identifications, precollege political styles, ideological orientations, religious affiliation, and social class background as well as their families' political backgrounds.

Keywords:   conservative students, Higher Education Research Institute, conservatism, politics, political identification, political style, ideological orientation, religious affiliation, social class, demographics

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