A Profile of Traditionalists and Political Conservatives

Of 48 students who are traditionalist but not politically conservative, 79.2% are Catholic, 14.6% are Lutheran, and 6.3% are other Christian denominations. 56.3% are female. 45.8% are first years. 4 belong to the College Republicans, 8 to Students for Life, 1 to Students Fostering Conservative Thought, 7 to Magis, 1 to Prepare, 3 to Fides et Ratio. 43.8% describe themselves as conservative, 33.3% as middle of the road, 10.4% as unconventional, 8.3% as no strong views, and 4.2% as liberal.

Of 49 students who are conservative but not traditionalist, 63.3% are Catholic, 18.8% are Lutheran, 10.5% other Christians, 6.3% no religion. Only 44.9% are female. 49% are first years. 8 belong to College Republicans, 2 to Students for Life, 1 to SFCT, 2 to Magis, 0 to Prepare, 1 to Fides et Ratio. 34.7% describe themselves as conservative, 22.4% as middle of the road, 18.4% as unconventional, 6.1% as no strong views, and a remarkable 18.4% as liberal.

Of 40 students who scored as highly conservative and traditionalist, 77.5% are Catholic, 15.4% as Lutheran, 2.6% (1 student) each as Pentecostal and no religion. Only 45% are female. Their parents are rather less well educated than other students’. 52.5% are first years. 10 belong to College Republicans, 3 to Students for Life, 4 to SFCT, 7 to Magis, 0 to Prepare, and 2 to Fides. 72.5% identify as conservative, 15% as middle of the road, 7.5% as unconventional, and 2.5% (1 student each) as no strong opinions and liberal).