Significant Differences Between Traditionalists and Political Conservatives

Using data from both the initial campus-wide survey and the campus laboratory surveys, we identified some significant differences between students who were a half standard deviation above the mean on our traditionalist scale but not on our political conservative scale, and students who were a half standard deviation above the mean on our political conservative scale but not on our traditionalist scale. The t-values and p-values are based on the comparison between these two groups.

 

Mean Score for Traditionalist Onlies

Mean Score for Political Conservative Onlies

Mean Score for Students Who Are Both

Mean Score for Others

t-value

p-value

Civility Personal Composite Score (Campus Laboratory Beginning Survey)

4.0048

3.5625

3.6333

3.9048

3.500

.001

Civility Personal Composite Score (Campus Laboratory Ending Survey)

3.7946

3.7054

3.8722

4.1763

.404

.689 (not sig.)

Flight Personal Composite Score (Initial Campus Wide Survey)

2.5694

2.0000

2.4750

2.2775

3.304

.001

Values Ideal Composite Score (Initial Campus Wide Survey)

4.0309

3.8534

3.8833

3.7082

2.023

.046

Values Personal Composite Score (Initial Campus Wide Survey)

4.0234

3.6667

4.1500

3.6231

3.558

.001

A professor asked me not to express my views on a controversial topic. (Initial Campus Wide Survey)

1.3542

1.8125

1.8000

1.5224

2.073

.041

I learned something that changed the way I understood an issue or concept. (Initial Campus Wide Survey)

4.0833

3.6042

3.5750

3.9552

3.011

.003

I changed my opinion as a result of the knowledge or arguments presented by others. (Initial Campus Wide Survey)

3.2708

2.7500

2.7500

3.2836

2.758

.007