Ideology, institutional identification, and campus activism
The purpose of this analysis is to determine which independent variable employed, as for example, age, sex, and religion, as well as indices of institutional and ideological identification, contributed maximally to the differences between two polar groups of undergraduates and faculty within Duke University—those that held sympathetic as opposed to unsympathetic attitudes toward a protest incident and its handling. The same variables were employed to discriminate between groups engaged in active or passive opposition to the incident and those who displayed active or passive support. A multiple discriminant function analysis revealed that ideological position (whether one perceives himself as a conservative, “middle-of-the-roader,” liberal, or radical) and attachment to and satisfaction with the University were the two variables that discriminated most strongly between the two polar altitudinal groups and also between the groups who, by their actions, either opposed or supported the incident. © 1971 University of North Carolina Press.
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