‘Echo chamber’: The percentage of Harvard’s incoming class who identify as conservative plummets

The percentage of incoming Harvard students who identify as conservative dropped by nearly 50% compared to the 2017 graduating class.

While 15% of the Ivy League school’s class of 2017 identified as either somewhat or very conservative, that number has dropped to 7.4% for the class of 2024. The reduction in the percentage of conservative students is a sharp drop from last year’s freshman class, in which 12.4% of students identified as somewhat or very conservative.

The data stands in stark contrast to the political identity of Americans. In 2019, 37% of Americans
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