Presidential Divide – Are You Working For A Living?
We’ve already seen how there is a fairly significant gender gap between President Barack Obama and likely rival Mitt Romney. Although Romney has gained some ground since he has basically clinched the nomination, Obama still out-polls him among women — especially those of reproductive age.
But there is another large gap between the two candidates, and this one isn’t a based on gender, but on working. Those who have bosses, unsurprisingly, trend more towards Obama, while those who don’t — executives and business owners — prefer Romney.
Gallup results show, “Barack Obama has a significant lead over Mitt Romney among the 24% of American working voters who are classified as professionals, and among the 13% who are service workers. The two are tied among clerical and office workers. Romney leads among all other job categories, including in particular the small segments of voters who work in farming and fishing, construction, and who own a business. He also has an edge among executives and managers.”
That Obama does well with service workers makes sense — after all, the Republican party has made union-breaking and eliminating government jobs a plank on their party platform. Obama’s lead with professionals, according to Gallup, is due to the additional education required for the jobs, since advanced degrees are more common among liberals. That Romney does well with executives — who receive bonuses and stock options more so than salaries — and business owners of all stripes (including farmers and fishers) also makes sense as they would be the most concerned about taxes.
Gallup’s conclusion? “Different types of American working voters have differing demographic characteristics, and given that these characteristics are related to political preferences, it is not surprising to find that workers’ vote choice is related to the type of work they do.”
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