Study Reveals Democrats Outnumber Republicans 13-1 at Rutgers University · 09 December 2004


By James O'Keefe--Rutgers Centurion--12/07/04

The prevalence of ideological bias in the faculty, staff and administration of Rutgers University is something that THE CENTURION has consistently railed against since its founding. But how ideologically unbalanced is Rutgers? The recent election cycle presented an excellent opportunity to answer that question.

Over the course of several weeks, the staff of THE CENTURION has poured over countless pages of public elections reports and filings to discover the truth. The result: never before has the extreme liberal bias and the absolute lack of ideological balance at the University been exposed for what it truly is. The disparities between faculty and staff who contributed to Democratic candidates and liberal causes and those who contributed to Republican or conservative causes are shocking. Perhaps what is most disconcerting is how poorly the faculty and staff of Rutgers University represents the true ideological and political make-up of the United States or even the state of New Jersey for that matter.

Through the cooperation of opensecrets.org, The Center for Responsive Politics, and the Federal Elections Commission, THE CENTURION has amassed a damning report on the ideological imbalance at Rutgers University. Professors and administrators, especially jovial after their salary increases at the beginning the school year, contributed over $175,000 to political candidates and political action committees or issue advocacy groups in the 2004 election cycle. 94.8% of the total money contributed by Rutgers faculty and staff went to support Democratic candidates or liberal political committees including moveon.org, John Kerry for President, Howard Dean for America, and others.

The ratio of dollar contributions of Democratic candidates or liberal groups to Republican candidates or conservative groups was an astonishing 23:1. In terms of individuals, conservative or Republican contributors were outnumbered 13:1 by liberal or Democrat contributors.

To say that this reflects the diversity of ideology and public sentiment in this state or in the country as a whole is naïve and foolish. In a country where 51% voted for the Republican incumbent, marking the first time since 1988 where a presidential candidate has captured a majority of the popular vote; it should be expected that the financial support by Rutgers faculty and staff would fall along similar lines.

However, the statistics soundly prove otherwise. Contributions to the Kerry campaign outnumbered contributions to President Bush's campaign at Rutgers University by an absurd margin of 104:1. Rutgers faculty and staff gave generously (over $52,000) in the unsuccessful effort to unseat Mr. Bush while a paltry $500 went to the Bush re-election effort. If the University is a place where intellectual growth should be nurtured by a faculty that offers an objective viewpoint, students should be alarmed at the ideological monolith that is the faculty and administration of Rutgers University.