A new survey of physicians shows that if the Presidential election were held today, 55 percent would vote for Mitt Romney and 36 percent would support President Obama, according to a survey conducted byJackson & Coker, a division of Jackson Healthcare, the third largest healthcare staffing company in the US.
The physician survey showed that 5 percent of doctors said they were undecided and the rest said they would support another candidate or were not planning to vote.
The late September survey included 3,660 doctors nationwide in 50 states. The physicians identified themselves as 24 percent Democrat; 35 percent Republican; 26 percent Independent; 6 percent Libertarian; and 7 percent unaffiliated.
Among doctors more likely to support President Obama were women as well as physicians employed by hospitals and health systems. Specialists, primarily psychiatrists, pediatricians and addiction medicine physicians also were more likely to support Obama. Male doctors and those with their own practice or who had a stake in their own practice as well as anesthesiologists, surgeons, radiologists and ophthalmologists were more likely to support Romney.
The President’s support has waned among physicians since 2008 when he drew 40 percent of their vote compared to 44 percent for John McCain.
Turnout among physicians is also likely to increase compared to 2008, as eight percent reported they didn’t vote in 2008, yet only 1 percent of doctors said they would not cast a ballot in the November Presidential election.
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