University News

Fall 2014 Student Poll Results

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University News Editors
Thursday, October 30, 2014
This article is part of the series Fall 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? 

8.5%     Strongly approve
33.4%   Somewhat approve
35.5%   No opinion
18.1%   Somewhat disapprove
4.4%     Strongly disapprove

 

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the University’s psychological leave-taking policies for undergraduates? 

9.1%     Strongly approve
15.9%   Somewhat approve
20.2%   No opinion
16.9%   Somewhat disapprove
10.5%   Strongly disapprove
27.4%   Not familiar enough to answer

 

3.  Do you think there should be a student representative on the Corporation?

60.0% Yes, I think there should be a voting student trustee
22.3%   Yes, I think there should be a non-voting student representative
5.1%     No, I do not think there should be a student representative on the Corporation
12.6%  No opinion

 

4. Do you approve or disapprove of admission slots being set aside for recruited varsity athletes? 

9.2%     Strongly approve
20.6%   Somewhat approve
16.4%   No opinion
36.1%   Somewhat disapprove
17.8%   Strongly disapprove

 

5.  How did you acquire your most recent summer internship or job (for sophomore, juniors and seniors)?  (Circle all that apply.)

14.1%   Brown-sponsored career service (CareerLAB, BruNet, Job and Internship Board, Industrial Partners Program, etc.)
12.9%   Faculty member
47.5%   Independently contacting or applying to positions directly
27.1%   Personal connections
4.0%    Other
4.9%   I have never had a summer internship or job

Note: This data excludes responses from first-years.

 

6.  Did you falsify information on your college application? (Circle all that apply.)

1.4%    Yes, I lied in the content of my essay
9.7%    Yes, I exaggerated the extent of my responsibilities or involvement in community service or an extracurricular activity
0.8%  Yes, I made up community service or an extracurricular activity
0.3%     Yes, I submitted work that was not my own in an essay or supplement to my application
0.1%     Yes, I lied about disciplinary or legal actions taken against me
0.0%     Yes, I falsified test scores
0.3%     Yes, I falsified grades
0.4%     Yes, I falsified other information
88.1%   No, I was completely truthful in my application

 

7.  Would you be interested in living at 257 Thayer — a luxury student apartment complex on Thayer Street — as an upperclassman? (Seniors, answer hypothetically.)

19.9%     Yes
43.2%     Yes, but it’s too expensive
5.0%        No, I am not interested in living off-campus as an upperclassman
18.0%     No, regardless of price
13.8%     Not familiar enough to answer

 

8.  Whom do you support in the Providence mayoral election?

4.8%     Vincent “Buddy” Cianci
19.3%   Jorge Elorza
1.6%     Daniel Harrop
2.0%     Other
72.3%   Not familiar enough to answer

9.  Whom do you support in the Rhode Island gubernatorial election?

21.4%   Gina Raimondo
3.1%      Allan Fung
1.3%     Other
74.1%   Not familiar enough to answer

 

10.  Are you registered to vote in Rhode Island?

9.3%     Yes, and I am planning to vote in next month’s elections
5.7%    Yes, but I am not planning to vote in next month’s elections
84.9%   No

 

11.  Have you ever participated or do you currently participate in research at Brown? (Circle all that apply.)

12.2%   Yes, during the summer through an UTRA or other research grant
12.0%   Yes, during the summer as a paid employee
4.4%     Yes, during the summer as a volunteer
10.7%   Yes, during the school year for course credit
0.7%     Yes, during the school year through an UTRA or other research grant
7.3%      Yes, during the school year as a paid employee
12.0%   Yes, during the school year as a volunteer
11.7%    No, I have never been involved with research at Brown, and I am not interested in doing so
55.2%   No, I have never been involved with research at Brown, but I would like to be in the future

 

 

Methodology

Written questionnaires were administered to 862 undergraduates Oct. 22-23 in the lobby of J. Walter Wilson, the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center and the Sciences Library. The poll has a 3.1 percent margin of error with 95 percent confidence. The margin of error is 4.6 percent for the subset of males, 4.2 percent for females, 6.1 percent for first-years, 6.3 percent for sophomores, 6.4 percent for juniors, 6.1 percent for seniors, 4.4 percent for students receiving financial aid and 4.4 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 54 percent female. First-years made up 26 percent of the sample, 25 percent were sophomores, 23 percent were juniors and 26 percent were seniors. Varsity athletes made up 11 percent of the sample. Of those polled, 49 percent currently receive financial aid from Brown. Students reported all races with which they identify, with 58 percent saying white, 24 percent Asian, 13 percent Hispanic, 10 percent black, 0.7 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 1 percent Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 5 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 Editor Avery Crits-Cristoph ’17, Features Editor Sabrina Imbler ’16, Metro Editor Molly Schulson ’16 and Senior Staff Writers Andrew Flax ’17, Emma Harris ’17, Steven Michael ’16 and Joseph Zappa ’17 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.