The percentage of campaign donations from University of Virginia employees fell from 95% in 2020 to only 91% this electoral season, according to data compiled from Federal Election Commission records by Walter Smith, a member of The Jefferson Council.
Polls show that Hispanics, Blacks and suburban White women are deserting the Democratic Party in droves this year. Of course, there aren’t many of those constituencies at UVa. The university population represents in its purist form the Whites-with-advanced-college-degrees demographic. When you lose 4% of those people, you know the Dems are in trouble!
What else do these numbers tell us? We already knew in 2020 that, among the university faculty, staff and other employees who made contributions, only 5% swam against the anti-Trump tide of that year. This year we discover that UVa has a swing vote amounting to 4% of employees employee donors.
If campaign donors are representative of the broader UVa population, these numbers suggest that at least one out of eleven UVa employees can be classified as a conservative, libertarian, moderate or independent!
Woohoo! That’s real intellectual diversity for you!
If you find yourself bitterly disappointed by eroding political support for lefties at UVa, there’s always the University of Richmond. Ninety-five percent of UR employee donations still went to Democrats this year, Smith says.
Update: The original version of this post inadvertently implied that 91% of all University of Virginia employees donated to Democrats. We have amended the text to make it clear that among employees who made donations, 91% gave to Democrats.