The political views of incoming college freshmen have moved to the center, according to a UCLA survey
A total of 48 percent of the freshmen labeled their political views as middle-of-the road last year, up from 43 percent in 2008, the poll shows.
Meanwhile, the amount of liberals dropped to 30 percent from 34 percent. The portion of conservatives was unchanged at 23 percent.
When it comes to healthcare, 63 percent of the freshmen thought a national healthcare plan is needed to cover everybody’s medical costs, down from 70 percent in 2008. A total of 61 percent supported abortion in 2012, up from 58 percent four years earlier.
Last year, 42 percent of respondents believed students from disadvantaged social backgrounds should be given preferential treatment in college admissions, up from 40 percent in 2008.
And 23 percent of respondents thought in 2012 that racial discrimination is no longer a major problem, up from 20 percent four years ago.
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