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

Obama Fails When It Comes to Dentists

As our new President approaches 100 days in office, 67% of dentists we surveyed don’t approve of the job he’s doing, and over half of respondents gave him a grade of D or F.

“He is a socialist and he does not have America’s best interests at heart!” declared one.

Report Card:
Barack Obama
as graded by dentists
A 19%
B 12%
C 11%
D 26%
F 32%

Dentists’ biggest political concerns are taxes, the economic stimulus plan, and health care.

Dentists tend to be relatively high-income small businesspeople, and previous surveys indicate that dentists as a group tend to be significantly more conservative than the country as a whole. Prior to the primaries, a Wealthy Dentist survey found Mitt Romney to be the favorite candidate of dentists.

The President’s economic recovery plan has disappointed a number of dentists. “His wealth distribution is so backwards. I almost completely disagree with his entire economic strategy,” said a Washington dentist. Offered an Ohio dentist, “We have witnessed one of the greatest non-wartime spending sprees in our history. Only to now find out that what we thought we were getting (infrastructure) is to be replaced by pipe dreams (high speed rail and wind farms).”

Some urged patience before judging Obama’s policies. “It took a lot longer than 100 days to get us into this mess – it will take longer to get us out,” said a Florida dentist. Agreed a Michigan dentist, “He has been handed a tough job by President Bush’s mismanagement and lack of relevant focus.”

Others are certain the Obama administration will lead the US to disaster. “If we have another terrorist attack (God forbid), it will be Obama’s fault, pure and simple,” declared a Florida dental office worker. “He is taking our country down a dark road,” agreed another in Texas.

Some dentists felt alienated by the previous President. “The man inherited an absolute mess from the previous administration,” said a Texas dentist. “He is opening up diplomatic channels to a lot of countries we should have been talking to years ago. Because of the Bush administration and extremist neoconservative Republicans, I am out of the Republican Party.”

Read the 100 days of Obama press release or see the complete Barack Obama approval rating survey results

How Will Barack Obama Affect Your Life and Dental Practice?

There is a saying in the US Military: “We salute the rank, not the man.” Unlike the media (for example, the CNN pundit who called President Bush a “highly functional moron“), I still feel the office deserves a high level of respect… regardless of the man or woman who holds the position. So, if you’re looking for a series of Obama-bashing editorials, you aren’t going to find them here.

Truth be told, we just don’t know what our new president-elect is really all about. Plus, he is a politician. As a class, campaign promises and party positions are rarely translated verbatim into real legislation by politicians.

As dentists, you need to watch two areas: taxes and health care reform. Of the two, taxes will probably have a more direct impact on your life in the next four to eight years than national health care legislation.

It will take two to three years for health care legislation to be hashed out and a new government bureaucracy built to implement it. The lack of financial resources will initially limit it to physicians and medicine. Once again, be thankful you chose dentistry! You now make more than the average physician, and you will be free to continue to do so for the immediate future.

Taxes are another thing entirely. If president-elect Obama is true to his word and does not increase income taxes on those of us earning $250,000 or less, then all is well and fine. However, Obama will most likely allow the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 to lapse in 2010. Allowing the rates to return to higher levels is not technically a “tax increase.” It’s just the lapsing of a tax cut.

For the next tax issue, I would like to quote Ned Barnett of The American Thinker.

The next loophole involves the payroll tax that you pay to support the Social Security system. Currently, there is an inflation-adjusted cap, and according to the non-profit Tax Foundation, in 2006 — the most recent year for which tax data is available — only the first $94,700 of an unmarried individual’s earnings were subject to the 12.4 percent payroll tax. However, Senator Obama has proposed lifting that cap, adding an additional 12.4 percent tax on every dollar earned above that cap — and in spite of his promise, impacting all those who earn between $94,700 and $249,999.

Please note that the current FICA cap is $102,000 (versus $94,700 in 2006). The individual only pays half of this tax; the employer pays the other half.

This extension of the payroll tax could turn out to be the biggest bite you see coming out of your income in the coming years! However, remember that reality will most likely moderate this new graduated payroll tax system along the lines of the income tax tables.

Until next week…

Jim Du Molin

How An Obama Presidency Will Affect Dentists

What do you think the presidential election is going to mean for dentists and dental practices? Though many dentists tend to vote conservatively, others are excited for a more liberal administration. Share your thoughts before Jim Du Molin weighs in…

Sarah Palin Sways Dentists (Video)

A Wealthy Dentist survey recently revealed that the vice presidential candidates may change the votes of a significant number of dentists. We discuss the election and share some dentists’ comments in this video.

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