The first round of state-mandated surveys of Florida college faculty and students produced a meager response and indicated students and faculty tend to view their campuses as equally tolerant of both conservative and liberal political viewpoints.
The surveys of students and faculty were mandated by House Bill 233, which the state Legislature passed in 2021. The legislation was supported by lawmakers concerned about a lack of tolerance for conservative views on Florida higher-education campuses.
For the campuses in the State University System of Florida, the number of surveys sent to employees was 98,704, but only 9,238, or 9.4%, responded. The response rate was even lower for students in the system, with only 8,835 out of 368,120 students responding, or 2.4%.