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The Political Alignment of US Physicians

The Political Alignment of US Physicians Letters cian donors contributed to Republicans, including 45% of pre- vious donors and 44% of new donors; when the percentages An Update Including Campaign Contributions were weighted by the amount of the contributions, the com- to the Congressional Midterm Elections in 2014 parable percentages were 50%, 50%, and 46%, respectively. We recently reported that between 1991 and 2012, the politi- Nearly all physicians contribute exclusively to 1 of the 2 ma- cal alignment of American physicians shifted from predomi- jor parties. Few physicians ever switch parties, so shifts in con- nantly Republican toward the Democrats. In 2014, the tributions reflect the exit of previous donors and the entry of Republican surge changed party control of Congress: the new donors. Republicans gained 9 Senate seats and became the majority The Figure shows the percentage of physician campaign party there, and the Republican majority in the House of contributions to Republicans by sex, for-profit vs non-profit Representatives increased to the largest since 1928. To employment status, and surgeons vs pediatricians. In all determine if the political alignment of physicians also groups, there was a small uptick in the Republican direction shifted toward Republicans, we studied their campaign con- in the 2013-2014 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

The Political Alignment of US Physicians

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Publisher
American Medical Association
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Copyright 2015 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.1332
pmid
25915655
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Abstract

Letters cian donors contributed to Republicans, including 45% of pre- vious donors and 44% of new donors; when the percentages An Update Including Campaign Contributions were weighted by the amount of the contributions, the com- to the Congressional Midterm Elections in 2014 parable percentages were 50%, 50%, and 46%, respectively. We recently reported that between 1991 and 2012, the politi- Nearly all physicians contribute exclusively to 1 of the 2 ma- cal alignment of American physicians shifted from predomi- jor parties. Few physicians ever switch parties, so shifts in con- nantly Republican toward the Democrats. In 2014, the tributions reflect the exit of previous donors and the entry of Republican surge changed party control of Congress: the new donors. Republicans gained 9 Senate seats and became the majority The Figure shows the percentage of physician campaign party there, and the Republican majority in the House of contributions to Republicans by sex, for-profit vs non-profit Representatives increased to the largest since 1928. To employment status, and surgeons vs pediatricians. In all determine if the political alignment of physicians also groups, there was a small uptick in the Republican direction shifted toward Republicans, we studied their campaign con- in the 2013-2014

Journal

JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 2015

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