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Article 9: The College Pulse
After the unexpected result of Tuesday’s voting on Article 9, and yesterday’s informed speculation about why students voted as they did — particularly the students who voted “no” — Dartblog commissioned a poll from College Pulse, the student survey start-up that promises to bring rapidly conducted surveys to the educational and other markets at very competitive prices. College Pulse sent out a survey about Article 9 to 1,100 randomized students during the afternoon of May 10th; 334 students responded by 7pm on May 11, an excellent 30% response rate. Here are the results — with a credibility interval of 4.3%.
Of the 4,234 students on campus, College Pulse estimates that 44% voted: that’s 1,860 student voters:
The 44% figure can be broken down into 32% of all students voting for Article 9 (1,352 students) and a surprising 12% who voted against it (507 students):
Looking at the entire student body, while fraternity men strongly supported Article 9, a majority of sorority women somewhat or strongly opposed it:
As might have been expected, among student who voted, fraternity brothers supported Article 9 by a margin of over 10:1. However, 36.36% of sorority women and 29.27% of unaffiliated students (including freshmen) voted against it:
I’ll have the raw numbers of how the various groups voted soon.
But we can see how in a vote where the final tally was 1,993 to 1,471 in favor of the “no” side, 507 “no” votes by Dartmouth students made all the difference in the world. Had they stayed home, the result would have been too close to call; and had they voted for the “yes” side with most of the Greeks, the result would have been inverted (with ensuing litigation on the constitutionality of a Town statute that allows a private landowner to demand a super-majority).
Addendum: The folks at Campus Pulse sent out the same survey to a different 1,100 students using the Qualtrics service that the College employs (at great expense). The response rate was only 3%.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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