A Liberal BiasA recent study conducted by Christopher Cardiff and Daniel Klein reveals a political bias among professors of different California universities. The researching duo collected data from 11 colleges which provided a diverse range of geographies and school types.

The selected campuses included Santa Clara University, University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University and Pepperdine University, all of which have a religious affiliation. In addition, Claremont McKenna College, San Diego State University, California Institute of Technology, UCSD, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Stanfurd were also taken into account, as they were deemed a fine mixture of public and private research schools.

The researchers acquired data regarding the political affiliation of professors at the stated schools and presented a Democrat to Republican ratio for each campus. For example, a ratio of 3 would mean that there are three times as many democrats as republicans.

The results of the study were shocking. Are you ready? read more »

Facebook recently revealed even more ways for you to identify yourself on the site, this time by political party. The Facebook Blog explains why the site made the switch from labels to parties:

since terms like “liberal” or “conservative” don’t necessarily mean the same thing in every country, we’ve switched to a global listing of national political parties.

So if you’ve always wanted to declare your affiliation with the Liberal and Centre Union of Lithuania, you can! Of course, the new system also has its pitfalls.

First, the party-based system leaves out people who identify as liberal or conservative or even center and who don’t align themselves to specific parties. But oh wait! Facebook’s got your back. You can now write in your political affiliations. For Berkeley, that’s opening a whole other can of worms. We won’t even feign surprise over a “Soy Products” political leaning.

Political Views [Facebook Blog]