You may or may not be surprised to learn that voting patterns by doctors depends – to a large extent – on what their medical specialty happens to be.
Although more than half of all physicians are registered Democrats, a recent study revealed that 66% of doctors in surgical specialties identify as Republican, whereas 66% of those in infectious disease, psychiatry, and pediatrics and general medicine, vote Democrat. Early experiences in training and the ever-increasing number of foreign-born doctors, both play a role. Salary is also an undeniable factor: specialists like surgeons, with higher average salaries, tend to vote Republican.
The most recent studies show that physicians vote at rates that are 9% lower than the general population and 22% lower than lawyers. Moreover, comparison to earlier studies show the rates have not changed much since the late 1970s.
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