The Washington Post shows how a traditionally reliable Republican supporting group have shifted to Democratic supports.
There have a few been recent hints at how the sweeping changes within the medical industry are reshaping the politics of being a doctor. But a new study suggests a profession once solidly aligned with Republicans has become more Democratic in the past 20 years, as the number of female doctors grows and the traditional small physician’s office is on the wane.
Researchers analyzing doctors’ federal campaign contributions between the 1991-92 and 2011-12 election cycles found that doctors — who once contributed to Republican campaigns at consistently higher rates than the entire donor population — have become less enthusiastic donors to the GOP.
In the last three election cycles, physician donations to Republicans have instead closely tracked to those made by the general population, according to JAMA Internal Medicine study authors Adam Bonica of Stanford University, Howard Rosenthal of New York University, and David J. Rothman of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.