Amid an increasingly polarized political climate, college students are more hesitant to pledge firm allegiance to a political party.
Students have strong liberal preferences on social issues — but the number of students who identify as moderate is higher than the last election cycle four years ago, according to a study by the University of California at Los Angeles.
“Students are not as liberal as often assumed by media commentary,” said James Stimson, a political science professor at UNC.
Approximately 47 percent of college students identified themselves as politically moderate, according to the survey by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute.
In 2008, only 43 percent of college students identified themselves at the center of the political spectrum.