55% of American physicians support Democrats
According to a study, American physicians were found to be in favour of Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections. According to the study, the percentage of doctors favouring Republicans has generally been falling since the mid-1990s; Democrats were supported by 55% of physician donors in the last election cycle, similar to what the figures recorded in 2012. The study has been published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
According to senior study author Dr. David Rothman, a researcher at Columbia University's Center on Medicine as a Profession, "There is this traditional notion out there that if you are a physician, you are a Republican, and we're now seeing that the profession as a whole is on the Democratic side. We believe it's going to be a long term trend".
Rothman said that the change in political party adherence among physicians is likely a byproduct of changes in how medicine is practiced and who is coming into the profession. He said that more women are entering this profession, and more doctors are working for nonprofit healthcare organizations in place of going into private practice.
According to Rothman, the Democratic allegiance of women physicians is more than women in the general public. Rothman added that if one is given salary and another is an entrepreneurial physician, again more contribution would be towards the Democratic side.
According to Theda Skocpol, a professor of government and sociology at Harvard University who wasn't involved in the study, this will continue for long and continuing creep in the direction of the Democrats in a short time will be observed.
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