The students behind The Dartmouth Review, Dartmouth College’s conservative-leaning newspaper, know they’re in the minority when it comes to political persuasions across campus.
“There’s certainly a taboo to an extent,” Jack Mourouzis, an editor for the paper, told Fusion during an interview. “Openly saying that you’re a Republican is going to at the very least surprise—maybe upset—some people.”
Student politics on what they call “a very liberal campus” are in fact reflective of a general trend among young adults across the country.
A 2014 Gallup poll revealed that since 2006, young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are increasingly leaning Democrat, while the Republican Party is struggling to appeal to young voters and slowly losing hold of this demographic. A recent Pew study even called it “the GOP’s millennial problem.”
Fusion’s Dan Lieberman was in Hanover, New Hampshire to talk to the young journalists about why they will be voting Republican in the upcoming election despite these trends among their peers, and which candidate they’ll be backing.