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Herald Fall 2017 Poll Results and Methodology

Fall 2017 poll results can be found here.

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christina Paxson is handling her job as president of the University?


16.2% Strongly approve


45.7% Somewhat approve


9.1% Somewhat disapprove


1.6% Strongly disapprove


27.4% No opinion


Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Undergraduate council of Students is handling its job representing and addressing the concerns of the undergraduate student body?


11.8% Strongly approve


41.1% Somewhat approve


7.9% Somewhat disapprove


2.2% Strongly disapprove


37% No opinion


Do you agree with the College Curriculum Council’s proposal to move the course drop deadline closer to the middle of the semester?


23.4% Strongly approve


16.3% Somewhat approve


15.8% Somewhat disapprove


35.3% Strongly disapprove


9.3% No opinion


If you have visited Health Services, how satisfied were you with the care that you received?


38.3% Very satisfied


30.8% Somewhat satisfied


9.9% Somewhat unsatisfied


2.7% Very unsatisfied


18.3% No opinion


How many of your friends come from a socioeconomic background similar to yours?


17.4% Most (more than 75% roughly) of my friends


25.5% The majority (more than 50%) of my friends


34.5% About equal (50%) of my friends


15.8% A minority (less than 50%) of my friends


6.8% Very few (less than 25%) of my friends


How often you catcalled on or near campus?


1.5% Everyday


10.7% At least once a week


18.3% At least once a month


27.8% Rarely


41.7% Never


If you do not intend to study abroad, what factors influenced your decision? (Circle all that apply)


27.3% Personal preference


35.9% Concentration requirements


23.7% Financial concerns


11.3% Recruitment for internships


10.5% Social concerns


17.3% Extracurricular commitments


8.5% No program interested me


1% I did not qualify for the program of my choice


9.4% Other


How confident or concerned are you in your ability to get a job in your chosen field with your Brown degree?


31.2% Very confident


42.6% Somewhat confident


18.3% Somewhat concerned


4.4% Very concerned


3.6% No opinion


Do you believe your professors facilitate discussions that respect opposing points of view?


19.1% Strongly agree


47.9% Somewhat agree


19.4% Somewhat disagree


4.5% Strongly disagree


9.1% No opinion


After President Trump’s election, how were the following aspects of your life changed?


Consumption of news


Increase: 59.4%


Decrease: 17.4%


Neutral: 23.2%


Visits home


Increase: 6.3%


Decrease: 5.7%


Neutral: 88.0%


Social media engagement


Increase: 29.4%


Decrease: 17.8%


Neutral: 52.7%


Participation in activism


Increase: 47.8%


Decrease: 3.1%


Neutral: 49.1%


After President Trump’s election, how did the following aspects of your life positively or negatively change?


Relationship with friends


Positive: 23.8%


Negative: 8.0%


Neutral: 68.2%


Relationship with family


Positive: 20.2%


Negative: 9.8%


Neutral: 70.4%


In the past year, which of the following substance have you used recreationally?


80.8% Alcohol


49.9% Marijuana


18.1% Tobacco


3.6% Prescription painkillers


4.7% Amphetamines


7% Cocaine


5.5% Ecstasy


6.1% Psychedelic mushrooms


6.2% LSD


1.1% Other


0.0% I don’t know


7.5% None of the above


Do you believe that Brown has school spirit?


10.8% Strongly agree


44.9% Somewhat agree


24.5% Somewhat disagree


13.8% Strongly disagree


6.0% No opinion



Brown Daily Herald / Herald

over the course of four days — Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15. The margin of error is 3.1 percent with 95 percent confidence. The margins of error for specific subsets are as follows: 4.2 percent for females, 5.0 percent for males, 6.2 percent for first-years, 5.8 percent for sophomores, 7.1 percent for juniors, 7.5 percent for seniors, 4.6 percent for students who receive financial aid and 4.6 percent for students who do not receive financial aid.


The sample of students who took the poll is demographically similar to the undergraduate student body. The sample was 41.5 percent male and 57.4 percent female. First-years made up 27.8 percent, sophomores 31.6 percent, juniors 21.3 percent and seniors 19.3 percent of the poll. Of students represented in the poll, 6.3 percent receive just loans, 18.9 receive grants and loans, 15.2 percent receive grants covering some costs, 9.6 percent receive grants covering all costs and 50.1 percent receive no financial aid. Varsity athletes made up 9.8 percent, while non-athletes made up 90.2 percent. Of students surveyed, 78.4 percent identify as heterosexual, 6.1 percent as gay, 10.5 percent as bisexual and 5.0 percent as other. 


Of students surveyed, 55.4 percent identify as white, 32.2 percent as Asian, 12.3 percent as Hispanic, 9.5 percent as black, 1.2 percent as American Indian/Alaska Native, 0.6 percent as


Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and 3.3 percent as other. Students also marked the concentration area(s) that they are in — 31.8 percent are in the humanities/arts, 21.4 percent in life sciences, 34.8 percent in physical sciences, 11.5 percent in BEO or economics and 22.5 percent in social sciences. Of students polled, 13.7 percent of students are legacy students, meaning they have a parent, grandparent or sibling who attended Brown, and 86.3 percent are not. First-generation students made up 18.1 percent of students surveyed and non-first-gen students made up 81.9 percent of the sample.


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


Science & Research Editor Elena Renken ’19, Metro Editor Gwen Everett ’19, Senior Staff Writer Emily Davies ’19.5 and Staff Writers Arjun Ganga ’21 and Sophie Culpepper ’21 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.



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