Campus surveys show disdain for Trump, love for socialism

Friday, November 1, 2019
Michael F. Haverluck (

college students on laptopsTwo separate surveys conducted in recent weeks indicate American college students are leaning further and further to the left, revealing within that voting bloc both a clear anti-Trump animus and an attraction for socialist policies.

In one survey on an East Coast campus, those who were approached refused to give President Donald Trump credit for taking out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend, but praised former President Barack Obama for putting an end to Osama bin Laden years ago. In the other, more and more students support paying for the $14-billion "Green New Deal" and "Medicare-for-All" while advocating socialism.

Anti-Trump, pro-Obama sentiment

Campus Reform asked Georgetown University students to compare the successful raid under Trump that killed ISIS leader al-Baghdadi to the campaign that killed Osama bin Laden under Obama. A good number of students refused to say Trump deserved any credit for the takedown, while lauding Obama for his similar military operation.

"Students praised and preferred Obama's 'grace' and 'leadership, over Trump's," Campus Reform revealed. "Others said credit should go to the U.S. military and national security officials who planned and executed the raid."

Responses varied, but most were averse to commending Trump for anything:

  • "I mean, I guess it happened despite [Trump]," one student told Campus Reform. "He didn't [mess] it up too bad."
  • "I don't really like the idea of someone taking credit for a death," expressed a different Georgetown student.
  • "Obama was a little more aware," an anti-Trump student commented.
  • "I remember how Obama wouldn't release the photos of bin Laden, and that speaks to his character," another insisted.

And when one student attributed bin Laden's death to Obama's diligence, he conceded, "I'm a hypocrite," before spouting an expletive when asked if credit should be given to Trump.

Others argued Trump had nothing to do the U.S. Armed Forces' campaign to wipe out terrorism:

  • "I don't think he really knew what was going on, and I don't think he really ordered anything," one student ventured.
  • "OK, great, whatever, but still it's someone dying," another student said. "He was a bad person, I guess."
  • "I think it's the troops who actually did the real work that deserve the credit," another argued.

Others insisted Obama handled the war on terror with class:

  • "[Obama was all about] respecting the dignity of a human life [and avoided] shoving [bin Laden's killing] in everyone's faces," a student commented, according to TheBlaze.
  • "Obama handled the announcement of bin Laden's death with] more grace and presidential leadership than Trump did," another remarked.

The Campus Reform reporter interviewing the students on video spoke with Fox News about student's reactions to Trump.

"Students' hatred [of the president represents a] double standard [and a nasty case of] Trump Derangement Syndrome," Campus Reform's Eduardo Neret told Fox News Wednesday. "Professors are out on the record telling students 'President Trump is like Hitler; President Trump is a Nazi,' [and] if you're getting this information in every aspect of your daily life, you're not going to get another viewpoint."

In addition to Trump being badmouthed from behind college lecterns, other news sources have contributed to the negative portrayal of the president.

"[This is] not to mention the anti-Trump bias seen in mainstream news, as well as on social media," TheBlaze's Dave Urbanski noted.

Only one student had anything positive to say about the president.

"But Neret did run into one student who didn't seem ravenous for Trump's blood,' Urbanski pointed out. "In fact, she said the president actually deserves credit for al-Baghdadi's death – and that Trump has 'done a lot of great things with our military,' as well."

Survey #2: A hard lean left

When more than 800 students at four-year colleges and universities under the age of 25 took the fifth annual national survey – created by Yale University and the William F. Buckley, Jr., Program and conducted by McLaughlin & Associates – a drastic lean to the left was witnessed.

When it comes to supporting programs such as the "Green New Deal" and "Medicare-for-All," most students stand behind them – as long as they do not have reach into their own pockets to fund them.

"Less than half would be willing to pay more in taxes to support these programs," the survey revealed. "Greater than eight in 10 acknowledge that the national debt is a problem and six in 10 support forgiving student debt and making college free."

Silencing conservatives was viewed as acceptable on campuses.

"One in three college students say it's just fine with them to 'shout down' campus speakers with whom they disagree, according to a new poll, and that attitude makes 61 percent of college conservatives afraid to express their own deeply held views," WND pointed out from the survey.

"In short, Democratic students like Bernie Sanders, and 80% of college Republicans support President Trump, [and] only about one-third expect they will get any money from Social Security, and three of five say they want free college."

Numbers show that ultra-environmentalism, universal healthcare and socialism are popular with students, while capitalism is generally viewed negatively.

"They like the Green New Deal – the extreme environmental bill forecast to cost taxpayers trillions of dollars – by a 2-1 margin and Medicare for All by 3-1," WND gleaned from the poll. "Socialism beats capitalism 37–30."


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