Survey results & notes



Q1.2   Did you vote in the 2015 ASUC election?


Yes 646 93%
No 50 7%
Total responses: 696

Q1.3   President


Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 Rank 5 Rank 6 Rank 7 Mean rank
Yordanos Dejen - CalSERVE 299 67 55 52 48 17 7 2.20
Milad Razavi - Student Action 145 131 69 33 30 99 38 3.22
Pranay Kumar Chaurasia - BASED. 26 120 139 120 82 50 8 3.54
Jake "the First" Fineman - SQUELCH! 45 112 92 118 112 57 9 3.64
Michael Cortez-Mejia - Defend Affirmative Action Party 5 36 97 134 105 119 49 4.56
Nic Jaber - Independent 25 40 64 74 145 163 34 4.65
Other 0 39 29 14 23 40 400 6.19
Total responses: 545

Q1.4   How did you find out about your first-choice candidate for president?


Friend 199 36%
Acquaintance 68 12%
In-person campaigning 90 16%
Online campaign materials 268 49%
Candidate's party affiliation 215 39%
Total responses: 552

Q1.5   Executive Vice President


Lavanya Jawaharlal - CalSERVE 347 65%
Paul Lee - Student Action 123 23%
Tom “Silent Majority” Yang - SQUELCH! 57 11%
Other 6 1%
Total responses: 533

Q1.6   How did you find out about your first-choice candidate for EVP?


Friend 161 30%
Acquaintance 67 13%
In-person campaigning 78 15%
Online campaign materials 266 50%
Candidate's party affiliation 226 42%
Total responses: 536

Q1.7   External Affairs Vice President


Marium Navid - CalSERVE 272 50%
Vinay A. Ramesh - Student Action 203 38%
Sam “Actual Hermit Crab” Heinz - SQUELCH! 57 11%
Other 7 1%
Total responses: 539

Q1.8   How did you find out about your first-choice candidate for EAVP?


Friend 156 29%
Acquaintance 71 13%
In-person campaigning 91 17%
Online campaign materials 255 48%
Candidate's party affiliation 231 43%
Total responses: 536

Q1.9   Academic Affairs Vice President


Melissa Hsu - CalSERVE 365 73%
Yevgeniya "BobbyRPartyR" Sosnovskaya - SQUELCH! 68 14%
Jay Walker - Independent 38 8%
Other 28 6%
Total responses: 499

Q1.10   How did you find out about your first-choice candidate for AAVP?


Friend 123 25%
Acquaintance 47 10%
In-person campaigning 51 11%
Online campaign materials 239 49%
Candidate's party affiliation 202 42%
Total responses: 484

Q1.11   Student Advocate


Leah Romm - Independent 385 82%
Bianca Huntley-Ortega - Defend Affirmative Action Party 42 9%
Other 45 10%
Total responses: 472

Q1.12   How did you find out about your first-choice candidate for Student Advocate?


Friend 95 21%
Acquaintance 50 11%
In-person campaigning 40 9%
Online campaign materials 238 54%
Candidate's party affiliation 107 24%
Total responses: 444

Q1.13   For the senate candidates, did you vote along party lines?


Yes, primarily CalSERVE 205 35%
Yes, primarily Student Action 91 15%
Yes, primarily SQUELCH! 33 6%
Yes, primarily Defend Affirmative Action Party 1 0%
Yes, primarily Cooperative Movement Party 11 2%
Mostly independent candidates 21 4%
No 230 39%
Total responses: 592

Q1.14   How influential was each of the following in helping you decide who to vote for?


Not important (1) Somewhat important (2) Important (3) Very important (4) Mean
In-person campaigning 283 156 107 46 1.86
Candidate's experience 97 141 197 157 2.70
Candidate's platforms 46 74 167 305 3.23
Daily Cal endorsement 353 127 68 44 1.67
Candidate's party affiliation 134 202 136 120 2.41
Total responses: 592

Q1.15   Do you think the candidates you voted for will carry out at least half of their promised objectives/platforms?


Yes 345 58%
No 247 42%
Total responses: 592

Q1.16   Was this election the first ASUC election you have voted in?


Yes 219 37%
No 373 63%
Total responses: 592

Q2.1   Please drag and drop the following campus issues in order of which ones you find most pressing.


Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 Rank 5 Rank 6 Rank 7 Rank 8 Mean rank
Sexual assault 95 116 100 95 89 60 41 27 3.72
Mental health and wellness 83 117 134 86 81 61 40 21 3.66
Divestment 8 17 23 30 43 84 123 295 6.70
Tuition and fees 186 122 93 79 58 44 24 17 3.02
Sustainability 38 38 70 90 106 118 123 40 4.98
Diversity 31 40 59 83 95 110 122 83 5.25
Crime 21 29 60 87 91 103 122 110 5.48
Academic experience 161 144 84 73 60 43 28 30 3.19
Total responses: 623

Q2.2   Do you think the university's tuition and fees are fair to students?


Yes 136 25%
No 414 75%
Total responses: 550

Q2.3   How much of the time can you trust each of the following to do what is right?


Just about always (1) Most of the time (2) Only some of the time (3) Never (4) Mean Total responses
ASUC executives 35 214 223 42 2.53 514
ASUC Senate 13 163 289 60 2.75 525
UC Berkeley administration 14 150 329 68 2.80 561
UC President Janet Napolitano 13 54 226 234 3.29 527
UC Board of Regents 10 49 262 198 3.25 519

Q2.4   How much do you trust the campus administration to effectively handle cases of sexual assault?


Not at all 164 29%
A little 271 48%
Mostly 113 20%
Completely 18 3%
Total responses: 556

Q2.5   How often has UC Berkeley's campus climate made you personally feel unwelcome or uncomfortable?


Never 224 36%
Occasionally 319 51%
Very often 63 10%
Always 17 3%
Total responses: 623

Q2.6   How often do you think UC Berkeley's campus climate makes some groups feel unwelcome or uncomfortable?


Never 47 8%
Occasionally 297 48%
Very often 208 33%
Always 71 11%
Total responses: 623

Q2.7   Do you think the ASUC should shift its attention toward:


External (state, national, international) issues 29 5%
Campus issues 503 87%
Neither, the ASUC's focus is appropriate 43 7%
Total responses: 575

Q2.8   Do you agree with the following statement? The ASUC is representative of the student body.


Strongly disagree 79 13%
Disagree 192 31%
Neither agree nor disagree 203 33%
Agree 137 22%
Strongly agree 12 2%
Total responses: 623

Q3.1   No matter how you voted in this election, do you usually identify with:


CalSERVE 194 31%
Student Action 105 17%
SQUELCH! 53 9%
Cooperative Movement Party 7 1%
Defend Affirmative Action Party 5 1%
BASED. 5 1%
Other 14 2%
None 234 38%
Total responses: 617

Q3.2   No matter how you voted in this election, do you usually consider yourself:


Very liberal 98 16%
Liberal 284 46%
Moderate 197 32%
Conservative 33 5%
Very conservative 5 1%
Total responses: 617

Q3.3   How do you best identify?


Male 252 41%
Female 361 59%
Other 4 1%
Total responses: 617

Q3.4   How do you best identify?


White 221 36%
East Asian/Asian American 191 31%
South Asian/Indian American 73 12%
Hispanic/Latino 42 7%
Middle Eastern/North African 28 5%
African/African American/Black 8 1%
Pacific Islander 5 1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1 0%
Other 47 8%
Total responses: 616

Q3.5   Do you identify as LGBTIQQA?


Yes 91 15%
No 523 85%
Total responses: 614

Q3.6   How do you best identify?


Atheist/None 273 44%
Christian 124 20%
Jewish 66 11%
Muslim 18 3%
Other 136 22%
Total responses: 617

Q3.7   What is your enrollment status?


In-state 482 78%
Out-of-state 99 16%
International 36 6%
Total responses: 617

Q3.8   Are you a:


Freshman 165 27%
Sophomore 190 31%
Junior 146 24%
Senior 103 17%
Graduate student 13 2%
Total responses: 617

Q3.9   Are you a junior transfer student?


Yes 38 6%
No 579 94%
Total responses: 617

Q3.10   What is your major or intended major?


Arts & humanities 30 6%
Biological sciences 76 14%
Business 31 6%
CS & EECS 97 18%
Economics 40 8%
Engineering 34 6%
Math & physical sciences 34 6%
Natural resources 20 4%
Political science 47 9%
Social sciences 42 8%
Undergraduate studies 59 11%
Other 19 4%
Total responses: 533

Q3.11   Are you receiving need-based financial aid?


Yes, grants 96 16%
Yes, loans 34 6%
Yes, grants and loans 134 22%
No 326 53%
Don't know/decline to state 27 4%
Total responses: 617

Q3.12   What was your family's income in 2014?


Less than $30,000 60 10%
$30,000 - $49,999 39 6%
$50,000 - $99,999 91 15%
$100,000 - $199,999 183 30%
$200,000 or more 126 20%
Don't know/decline to state 117 19%
Total responses: 616

Q3.13   Are you (Check all that apply):


A student parent 6 4%
A first-generation college student 130 97%
A student veteran 5 4%
Total responses: 134

Q3.14   Are you a member of (Check all that apply):


A social fraternity or sorority 127 46%
A business or professional fraternity or sorority 30 11%
Berkeley Student Cooperative 51 18%
An NCAA athletic team 4 1%
A campus cultural organization 124 44%
Total responses: 279

Q3.15   Are you currently or have you ever been involved in the ASUC?


Yes 127 21%
No 490 79%
Total responses: 617

Q3.16   Are you currently or have you ever been involved with The Daily Californian?


Yes 85 14%
No 532 86%
Total responses: 617

Notes

Close to 700 respondents answered at least part of our survey, representing diverse backgrounds, identities and interests on campus. Despite this range, the responses we collected were not sufficient to accurately represent all demographic groups.

When too few respondents selected a particular answer to a demographic question, we usually aggregated respondents from several groups in an “Other” category. For breakdowns by race, we grouped respondents identifying as Middle Eastern/North African, African/African American/Black, Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native or other in an “Other race” category. For breakdowns by religion, we grouped respondents identifying as Muslim and other in an “Other religion” category.

For breakdowns by political affiliation, we grouped respondents identifying as conservative and very conservative together. For breakdowns by family income, we aggregated responses into three approximately equal brackets: less than $100,000, $100,000 to $200,000, and more than $200,000 per year. For breakdowns by gender, too few respondents identified as “Other” to analyze. For breakdowns by major, we adapted the College of Letters and Science’s divisions in addition to grouping by college. For breakdowns by campus political party, too few respondents identified with the Cooperative Movement Party, the Defend Affirmative Action Party, BASED. or other to analyze.

Our distribution methods also may have influenced who was exposed to the survey. The responses included greater representation from CalSERVE than from any other party, as well as a higher response rate from students involved in the ASUC or The Daily Californian. We conducted the survey online, so we could not ensure that respondents were UC Berkeley students. Finally, as in any survey, there was no way to guarantee the responses we received were honest.