French Politics

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 363–379 | Cite as

Politics, economics, ethics and religion in French academia

  • Abel FrançoisEmail author
  • Cal Le Gall
  • Raul Magni Berton
Data, Measures and Methods


The aim of this note is to present the main results of a survey carried out in 2011 which gathers information on French academics’ opinions and attitudes toward politics, economics, religion and ethical beliefs. The sample of respondents is large (N = 2,000) and the survey allows a comparison between academics and the overall French population by replicating questions of traditional surveys (EVS and Dynegal). We observe that French academics are considerably more left-wing, more hostile to free-market economy and more atheist than French citizens. Interestingly, a significant share of academics tends to adopt ethical guidelines that are similar to those of religious people.


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The authors would thank Nicolas Eber, Pierre-Guillaume Méon, Nicolas Sauger and Pierre Bréchon for their help on the survey design. All errors remain ours.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abel François
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Cal Le Gall
    • 3
  • Raul Magni Berton
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Université Lille 1 (LEM)Villeneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance
  2. 2.LIEPPParisFrance
  3. 3.University of Salzburg (SCEUS)SalzburgAustria
  4. 4.Sciences Po Grenoble, PACTEUniv. Grenoble-AlpesSaint-Martin-d’HèresFrance

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