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Survey: Financial Pros Favor Romney by 20 Percentage Points

Tuesday, 09 Oct 2012 10:04 AM

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Mitt Romney tops President Barack Obama 58 percent to 38 percent in a survey of readers of Fortune.com’s daily e-mail newsletter Term Sheet.

The poll drew more than 1,800 responses. As for the respondents’ professions, 30 percent say they’re in private equity, 19 percent say they’re entrepreneurs and/or operating executives, 12 percent say they’re in banking, 11 percent in venture capital, 4 percent say they’re lawyers, and 24 percent call themselves “other.”

The states with the highest concentration of respondents are California, New York, and Massachusetts.

A whopping 80 percent of respondents say the economy is the most important issue of the election, 5 percent say healthcare, 3 percent list education, and 3 percent list foreign policy.

A paltry 28 percent of respondents have donated to a candidate's campaign, with both Romney and Obama garnering 13 percentage points of that total.

In 2008, a similar survey gave Obama the nod 54 to 35 percent over John McCain.

“My explanation [for that Obama win] had always been that the broader industry demographics – GOP-favoring gender/race/wealth – were counteracted by its geographic nexus in Dem-leaning hotbeds like San Francisco and Boston,” writes Term Sheet author Dan Primack.

“Perhaps familiarity trumps ideology this time around? Or perhaps Obama's admonitions of ‘fat cat bankers’ have hit a bit too close to home.”


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