Friday, October 24, 2008

Academics Overwhelmingly Favor Obama Over McCain

The Chronicle of Higher Education reprted on October 24, 2008, that academics overwhelmingly favor Barack Obama over John McCain for U.S. President.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Professors, college administrators, and other educators have donated eight times as much to Barack Obama as they have to John McCain, the widest gulf in giving to presidential candidates by academics in the past five presidential elections, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Through the end of last month, donors from academe had contributed just over $12.2-million to Mr. Obama, compared with just over $1.5-million to Mr. McCain, according to the center, a nonprofit research group whose data on giving to presidential candidates date to the 1992 election.

It is no surprise that the Democratic candidate for the White House has received more cash from people in higher education than the Republican, given that studies and polls have shown that faculty members and college presidents are more likely to be registered Democrats.

For the entire article, see "Donors from Academe Favor Obama by a Wide Margin" in the October 24, 2008, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.


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