University News

Spring 2014 Student Poll Results

By
University News Editor
Thursday, March 13, 2014
This article is part of the series Spring 2014 Student Poll

See accompanying article.

 

1.  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christina Paxson is handling her job as president of the University? (Circle one.)

7.2% Strongly approve

34.7% Somewhat approve

33.1% No opinion

20.6% Somewhat disapprove

4.4% Strongly disapprove

 

2.  Do you agree or disagree that the students who participated in causing the Ray Kelly lecture to be shut down via protests inside the auditorium should be subject to disciplinary action? (Circle one.)

11.0% Strongly agree

25.4% Somewhat agree

7.9% No opinionw

23.8% Somewhat disagree

29.9% Strongly disagree

1.9% Not familiar enough to answer

 

3.  Do you agree or disagree with President Christina Paxson’s proposal to increase the total student and faculty population by roughly 1 percent per year for the next decade? (Circle one.)

6.5% Strongly agree

27.4% Somewhat agree

33.6% No opinion

24.0% Somewhat disagree

8.5% Strongly disagree

 

4.  Do you agree or disagree that Rhode Island should legalize the recreational use of marijuana? (Circle one.)

37.7% Strongly agree

31.2% Somewhat agree

17.0% No opinion

7.8% Somewhat disagree

6.3% Strongly disagree

 

5.  What should be the University’s top financial aid priority? (Circle one.)

32.1% Extending need-blind admission policies to include international, transfer and Resumed Undergraduate Education students

19.2% Increasing financial aid for students currently receiving it

36.6% Providing financial aid for middle-income students currently ineligible for it

1.2% Other

1.6% I do not think the University should expand financial aid

2.0% No opinion

7.3% Not familiar enough to answer

 

6.  Do you agree or disagree with the consideration of legacy status (having a parent, grandparent or sibling who graduated from or attends Brown) in undergraduate admission? (Circle one.)

6.0% Strongly agree

24.5% Somewhat agree

19.3% No opinion

32.5% Somewhat disagree

17.6% Strongly disagree

 

7.  Was Brown your first-choice college for first-year or transfer admission? (Circle one.)

62.9% Yes, and I am glad I ended up here

4.4% Yes, but I wish I had gone somewhere else

26.2% No, but I am glad I ended up here

1.9% No, and I wish I had gone somewhere else

4.6% I did not have a first-choice college

 

8.  How concerned are you that your choice of concentration will hinder your ability to find a job upon graduation? (Circle one.)

9.0% Very concerned

20.4% Somewhat concerned

18.4% Slightly concerned

50.3% Not concerned

1.9% I do not intend to seek employment upon graduation

 

9.  From what sources do you usually obtain alcoholic drinks at Brown? (Circle all that apply.)

32.1% I legally purchase my own alcohol

11.2% I use false identification to purchase my own alcohol

28.9% I get alcohol from an individual who can legally purchase it

18.4% I get alcohol from an individual with false identification

35.1% I drink alcohol at social gatherings where it is provided

5.1% I get alcohol from other sources

14.8% I do not drink alcohol

10.  Have you ever decided not to get medical help for yourself while under the influence of alcohol because you feared disciplinary consequences? (Circle one.)

3.6% Yes

96.4% No

 

11.  Have you ever decided not to get medical help for a friend under the influence of alcohol because one or both of you feared disciplinary consequences? (Circle one.)

8.0% Yes

92.0% No

 

12. How often do you skip class? (Circle one.)

1.1% Every day

10.8% More than once a week

13.5% Once a week

26.2% Once or twice a month

33.9% Less than once a month

14.5% I have never skipped a class

 

13.  Do you approve or disapprove of the creation of Andrews Commons? (Circle one.)

27.0% Strongly approve

32.1% Somewhat approve

13.4% No opinion

18.6% Somewhat disapprove

8.9% Strongly disapprove

 

Methodology

Written questionnaires were administered to 1,033 undergraduates March 3-4 in the lobby of J. Walter Wilson, the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center and the Sciences Library. The poll has a 2.8 percent margin of error with 95 percent confidence. The margin of error is 4.2 percent for the subset of males, 3.8 percent for females, 5.7 percent for first-years, 5.2 percent for sophomores, 5.6 percent for juniors, 6.0 percent for seniors, 3.9 percent for students receiving financial aid and 4.0 percent for students not receiving financial aid.

The sample polled was demographically similar to the Brown undergraduate population as a whole. The sample was 45 percent male and 55 percent female. First-years made up 24 percent of the sample, 29 percent were sophomores, 25 percent were juniors and 23 percent were seniors. Varsity athletes made up 11 percent of the sample. Of those polled, 50 percent currently receive financial aid from Brown. Students reported all races with which they identify, with 60 percent saying white, 24 percent Asian, 12 percent Hispanic, 12 percent black, 1.6 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.8 percent Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 3 percent other.

Statistical significance was established at the 0.05 level. All reported cross-tabulations are statistically significant.

University News Editors Michael Dubin ’16 and Kiki Barnes ’16, Graphics Editors Greg Jordan-Detamore ’14 and Andersen Chen ’14, Head Graphics Editor and Senior Staff Writer Jillian Lanney ’16, Metro Editor Kate Kiernan ’16, Senior Staff Writers Molly Schulson ’16 and Emily Wooldridge ’17 and Staff Writer Sarah Sachs ’16 coordinated the poll. Herald section editors, senior staff writers and other staff members conducted the poll.

Over the next several weeks, The Herald will publish a series of articles about individual poll questions. Find results of previous polls at thebdh.org/poll.