Connor Heffernan


Connor Heffernan, sophomore ASUP senator and political science and economics major. Photo courtesy of Connor Heffernan.

OPINION: We need College Democrats & Republicans

I think that we need both College Democrats and Republicans, however. UP, like the rest of Portland, is very liberal. An April 2019 Beacon article references the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership surveys, in which UP's Office of Institutional Research participated, revealing that 55% of UP students surveyed in 2018 identified as liberal or very liberal while 13% identified as conservative or very conservative (a total of 1,878 students were surveyed). Because of this, we can conclude that there is inherently a liberal majority on campus that will make it more difficult for College Republicans to organize. But this shouldn’t prevent both parties from being represented.