US doctors’ politics shift left, study shows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3790
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Judging by their political contributions, US doctors seem to be shifting to the left, a new study has found.1

In the study researchers analyzed contributions from US physicians to Republican and Democratic candidates and to partisan organizations in presidential and congressional elections over 22 years, from the 1991-92 election cycle through to the 2011-12 cycle. They found that the number and percentage of doctors donating to the parties had risen substantially over two decades: 11 801 (2.6%) contributed a total of $20m (£11.9m; €14.7m) in the 1991-92 cycle, whereas 67 852 (9.4%) contributed $143.2m in the 2011-12 cycle.

The researchers also found that, although substantially more doctors gave to Republicans over the 22 years studied, the percentage that did so had declined since 1996, falling to below 50% in the 2007-08 …

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