Dentists’ Views of the Presidential Election

Two Out of Three Dentists Prefer Republican Rule

In this survey, we asked dentists who they would like to see win the upcoming US presidential election. Two out of three dentists said they would rather see a Republican in the Oval Office than a Democrat.

Which Candidates Do Dentists Like?

Let me clarify that these poll numbers are not representative of the country at large. These numbers represent the opinions of dentists who chose to respond to our poll.

Among the 71% of dentists who identify as Republican, Mitt Romney proved to be the top choice. Here’s a breakdown of the Republican candidates:Presidential Election Dental Survey Results

  1. Mitt Romney (31%)
  2. Rudy Giuliani (21%)
  3. Mike Huckabee (17%)
  4. John McCain (11%)
  5. Ron Paul (11%)
  6. Fred Thompson (11%)

The 29% of dentists who prefer the Democrats have a clear favorite candidate: Hillary Clinton. Here’s how dentists feel about the Democratic candidates:

  1. Hillary Clinton (36%)
  2. Barack Obama (23%)
  3. John Edwards (21%)
  4. Bill Richardson (10%)
  5. Joe Biden (10%)

Check out the complete presidential election survey results…

VP Candidates Change Minds of 1 in 5 Dentists

VP candidates and dentists

In this survey, we asked dentists if the announcement of VP candidates had caused them to reconsider their votes.

Three out of four dentists have already made up their minds, and were not swayed by the VP choices. On the other hand, fully 18% said they expected the VP to change their vote.

“The VP choice did not change my outlook, but did renew my enthusiasm,” said one dentist.


Rural dentists were distinctly more likely to change their vote due to the VP candidates. Only half of rural dentists remain as certain in their vote as they were before.

Rural doctors are particularly enthusiastic about Sarah Palin. “I was ready to dump the Republicans and vote for the Constitution Party,” said one rural dentist. “Palin totally brought us back!!”

Here are some other comments from dentists:

  • “Unless they work in for the govt. or a school, any dentist who votes for Obama truly has a death wish.” (Texas orthodontist)
  • “Even though Obama may be a little harder on my pocketbook, Washington needs more of a shake-up than McCain. Either will be a vast improvement over Bush. There is hope….” (Texas dentist)
  • “Palin makes me more comfortable voting for McCain, although I NEVER could have voted for Obama.” (Tennessee dentist)
  • “Caribou Barbie only makes me more sure that I have to do what I can to help the Obama ticket win.” (Florida dentist)
  • “I am not a Democrat and have never voted for one for President, but the Republicans under Bush have screwed up so badly they deserve to lose.” (Michigan dentist)
  • “Obama probably won in the VP choice, but McCain may get the best gain from his choice.” (Texas dental professional)
  • “My decision is based on issues. That said, I do not believe that Mrs. Palin is qualified to be President of the US, and that should be the benchmark of a VP candidate. John McCain did not put ‘Country First’ with his VP choice.” (California dentist)
  • “If there was a write in candidate, I would consider them…” (Florida dentist)

Read more: Three Quarters of Dentists Decided in Presidential Election

Dentists Support Romney in the Presidential Election

Dentists Support Romney in the Presidential ElectionIn the latest The Wealthy Dentist survey, we asked dentists who they plan to vote for in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. 77% of the dentists respondents said they will vote for Mitt Romney, 21% will vote for President Obama, while 2% are still undecided.

Let The Wealthy Dentist clarify that these poll numbers are not representative of the country at large. These numbers represent the opinions of dentists who chose to responded to our dental survey.

A number of statistical factors play into a dentist’s voting tendencies. General dentists are more likely to support the Republicans than are dental specialists. In addition, male dentists tend to be more conservative than their female counterparts. Finally, rural dentists are more conservative and urban dentists tend to be more liberal.

However, in this survey, of the 21% who are voting for president Obama, 52% are suburban dentists, 38% are urban dentists and 10% are rural dentists, while 56% of the dentists voting for Romney are suburban, 28% are rural and 16% are urban dentists. 60% of the dentists who responded to this survey are suburban dentists.

When asked for feedback on this presidential election, here’s what dentists had to say —

Dentists for Obama –

“If the middle class, i.e. the majority of our patients, does better, then we do better. Obama has a realistic plan for the middle class. Romney, who still won’t release his tax returns, cannot explain how his 20% tax reduction for the wealthiest will balance the budget, reduce the debt, and increase defense spending by 2 billion dollars. Do the math!” (Illinois dentist)

“Any thoughts of voting for Mitt Romney disappeared early in the campaign, when several key people close to him (including his father’s former aide) announced that Mitt would do ANYTHING to get elected, and it is apparent that his “values” change by the week.” (New Hampshire dentist)

“I have a daughter, daughter-in-law and 4 granddaughters. I want them to have freedom of choice when it comes to their own bodies. I fear that Romney and his cohorts will change the landscape when it comes to this issue. The next president will have the task of supporting several supreme court justices which could tilt the balance against the issue of freedom of choice for women. While I am concerned about the future of dentistry (my daughter is an orthodontist and I have a young associate), this concern is secondary to my concern for women’s issues. FYI: I am a male dentist in my 44th year of practice with no plans to retire in the near future.” (General dentist)

“Governor Romney is an unreliable candidate as demonstrated by his flip-flopping on most important issues. In addition, he refuses to correct the mathematics which refute his claim of “balancing the budget” over eight years.” (New York dentist)

“I fear for our society under Romney. The disparity between the haves and have-nots will worsen and cause massive civil unrest.” (Nebraska orthodontist)

Dentists for Romney –

“Romney without a doubt. Absent a change in leadership we are heading towards a fiscally irreversible situation that will encumber us as Europe is, chronic unemployment and forever in debt.” (Texas dentist)

“Another 4 years of Obama would be devastating for our country and our profession.” (Kentucky dentist)

“I don’t know how much of a difference it will ultimately make, but having someone who understands business rather than a career socialist mainly interested in “spreading my hard-earned wealth around” will be refreshing.” (Oregon orthodontist)

“We desperately need a business genius running this country or we will soon be saluting the flag of China!” (General dentist)

“I believe in the vision of our founding fathers and the opportunity to succeed through hard work and small business opportunities. Government needs to have a role in our lives but I do not want a bigger more powerful influence as President Obama does.” (Georgia dentist)

“The ADA and other sources indicate Obamacare will add three to five million children with mandated dental coverage, many having coverage through the state exchanges, reportedly at current medicaid reimbursement rates. I love seeing the children have availability of dental care, but in 2011 I received 49% reimbursement for services I filed with medicaid. How many children can I see when each one costs me 30+% below my overhead? How quickly will we all be working in the Federally Qualified Health Centers?” (General dentist)

“Let’s get America back in the black, balance trade and energy independent.” (Missouri dentist)

Undecided dentists –

“If I could, I’d vote against Bernanke.” (General dentist)

“I don’t know. We need a good administrator.” (California dentist)

“I don’t like either one.” (North Dakota dentist)

“Hmmm, my choice is between Coke and Pepsi. Both contain toxic ingredients and both will deteriorate health if consumed daily over a period of four to eight years.” (Nevada dentist)

What are your thoughts on the election? Leave a comment and let us know.

Dentists Say McCain Would Be Better for Dentistry

McCain More Dentist-Friendly Than Obama (Survey)

In this survey, we asked dentists which presidential candidate would be better for dentistry. Dentists trend Republican, and the outcome of this poll was no exception.

Two out of three dentists surveyed said John McCain would be a better president for dentists. One in six favored Obama, and the remaining one in six said there would be no difference between the two.

Because of his sensational smile, Obama would give cosmetic dentistry a boost by being President,” said a Georgia dentist.

Here are some additional comments from dentists:

  • “Due to higher taxes by Obama, there will be less money to spend on dentistry.” (Louisiana dentist)
  • “God forbid Obama gets in… socialized healthcare, here we come!!” (Arizona dentist)
  • “Obama is a classic Robin Hood Democrat: Tax the people who work to create wealth, and redistribute it to the masses who don’t.” (Florida dentist)
  • “An Obama presidency would be better for the country, and therefore better for dentists.” (California orthodontist)
  • “The last thing I need is higher taxes.” (California periodontist)
  • “Truly, neither one will be good, since the Democrats in Congress will call the
    shots and ram healthcare down our throats.” (New York dentist)

Post your own thoughts on the presidential election or read the candidates and dentistry survey results

Two out of Three Dentists Prefer the GOP

Survey Shows Most Dentists Plan to Vote Republican

In this survey, we asked dentists who they planned to vote for in this November’s presidential election.

Two out of three dentists say they plan to vote for the Republican party.

Democrats Prefer Obama

Only one in three dentists reports that they will vote for the Democratic candidate.

Among Democrats, two out of three preferred Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton.Male versus Female Dental Practitioners

The Role of Gender

Gender played a major role in a dentist’s political opinion. The average male dentist is this survey favored the Republican party, while the average female dentist leaned toward the Democrats.

Here’s a sampling of what dentists had to say on this year’s election:

Democrats look like Socialists

  • “Clear choice between the Democrats (aka Socialists) and McCain.” (Republican dentist)
  • “We need to pull away from the forces of socialism in our country. Let’s be smart and close our borders before we meld into a socialistic country and loose all control of what we are and what we stand for!” (Republican dentist)

Republicans have made a mess of things

  • “Look at the country eight years ago: budget surplus, friends around the world, gas and bread prices affordable. Do we want, or can we stand, four more years of this kind of management?” (Democrat dentist)
  • “The republicans are criminals who would like this country run as the Nazis would have.” (Democrat dentist)

Sometimes, all Republicans can do is pray

  • “Dear God, Have mercy on us!” (Republican dentist)
  • “God, please don’t let the Democrat win!” (Republican dentist)

Time for a change?

  • “The ‘change’ mantra sounds nice, but will cost you individually a whole lot more than common sense would. Common sense, that would be the REAL change.” (Republican periodontist)

The war on terror

  • “The Democrats are dissociated from reality. The only issue of import is the war against Islamic Fascism. If you watch their debates, it is a non-issue.” (Republican pediatric dentist)

Are elections always between the lesser of two evils?

  • “I’m not happy with ANY of the candidates for president. It seems to me the choice will be between worse and worst!” (Republican oral surgeon)
  • “It stinks. I’ll hold my nose and vote for McCain.” (Republican dentist)
  • “Obama sounds like a man shouting promises. Clinton belongs in jail. That leaves McCain.” (Republican dentist)

Clinton carries negative connotations

  • “We need Obama to get away from all the negativity that Clinton irrationally evokes in people. He can also lead us through these troubled times better than she can.” (Democratic dentist preferring Barack Obama)

Support for Clinton

  • “Hillary is the salvation of our country.” (Democratic dentist preferring Hillary Clinton)
  • “Two heads are better than one – Hillary and Bill.” (Democratic dentist preferring Hillary Clinton)

Share your comments below, or read the complete dentists’ presidential election survey results for even more opinions from dentists.


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