Roughly 45 percent of surveyed Harvard faculty reported feeling neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with the choice of Lawrence S. Bacow as Harvard’s next president.
Broadly, respondent demographics tracked well with publicly available information on the demographics of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The survey also revealed that a majority of respondents believe University President Drew G. Faust, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana, and Dean of FAS Michael D. Smith are doing “good” or “very good” jobs.
Eighty-Eight Percent of Surveyed Harvard Faculty Believe Trump Has Done a ‘Very Poor’ Job as President
The faculty survey revealed that the vast majority of respondents identify as “liberal” or “very liberal,” and that a similarly large majority of FAS voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A significant majority of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences—67 percent—believe the University should divest from fossil fuels, while a slightly smaller majority—55 percent—support the College’s controversial social group penalties.
Students who voted “Yes” to unionization were two-and-a-half times more likely to disapprove of how Harvard handles issues of discrimination and sexual harassment than were students who voted “No,” according to an exit poll.
Harvard students who voted in favor of unionization were nearly seven times more likely to report they approve of strikes as a negotiation tactic than those who voted against.
Polling: Pro-Union Voters More Likely to Report Dissatisfaction with Harvard Advising, Financial Support
Students who voted in favor of unionization last week were more likely to report feeling dissatisfied with Harvard’s advising and financial support systems, according to exit polling data collected by The Crimson.
Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences students were much more likely to vote to unionize in Harvard’s election last week than were Sciences and Engineering and Applied Sciences students.
Exit poll results adjusted for response bias suggested a slight majority—50.6 percent—of eligible students who cast ballots voted in favor of unionization. But the margin of error—plus or minus 2 percent—meant The Crimson could not definitively call the election.
Harvard may have to hold a new election to determine whether eligible students can form a union after the National Labor Relations Board ruled against the University’s appeal Tuesday.
Harvard graduate students have continued to advocate against Republican tax proposals that could hike their taxes and cut into the University’s endowment.
The resolution asks Harvard to drop an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board that argues that there should not be another election to determine whether or not graduate students may unionize.
Graduate students say they are concerned about the tax plan’s “devastating” elimination of deductions for interest on student loans.
One of the unionization effort’s attorneys criticized the voting list Harvard created before the still-contested 2016 election.