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Yoga Teachers Love Obama: Romney and Obama Donors by Profession

The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to figure out what type of workers support each candidate.

Yoga teachers, rabbis, and firefighters love Obama. Homemakers, farmers, and entrepreneurs love Romney. That’s according to the latest filings from the Federal Election Commission, which lists contributions to the candidates from individual donors in the election cycle so far. The Daily Beast combed the data to get a sense of the partisan leanings of hundreds of different professions.

Our findings support what is widely known: Obama’s been trying to attract small donations from a wide swath of supporters, while Romney’s concentrated on relatively larger donations from a smaller pool of people. Obama’s camp now counts more than 1.25 million donations from individuals, with an average donation of $210; Romney’s now up to 248,000 donations from individuals, with an average donation of $670. Romney’s tactic appears to be working—Republicans currently have $62 million more in cash than Obama and the Democrats.

To see the split from a job perspective, we analyzed the numbers to figure out which candidate raised the most from a particular group of workers, then ranked some of the most interesting results by the total funds donated to both candidates. The occupational groupings are based on how donors described themselves, so some categories include several occupational descriptions to include the variations that exist for a single job (example: for lawyers, we included attorneys as well as the donors who specified a type of lawyer).

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1. Retiree

Winner: Obama 

Total donations for Obama: $35,850,017.36

Total donations for Romney: $25,952,432.99 

Overall, individual retirees contributed more than any other occupational category, which makes sense considering that more than 13 percent of the country’s population is over age 65. This group, many of whom depend on Medicare, seems to prefer Obama (though the average giving on a per-donor basis is higher among Romney fans).  

 

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2. Lawyer

Winner: Obama  

Total donations for Obama: $19,744,174.23

Total donations for Romney: $8,271,622.49 

The law sides with Barack. He has double the money and four times the donors compared to Romney. In general, lawyers and attorneys are one of the most generous groups of individual donors—more than 60,000 contributed to both candidates.

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3. Homemaker

Winner: Romney  

Total donations for Obama: $5,603,163.78

Total donations for Romney: $12,517,575.60 

Obama may have more homemakers in his pocket (21,000 individual donors vs. 13,000 for Romney), but the GOP candidate has the wealthier ones. The average homemaker’s donation to Obama was $264, compared to $962 to Romney.  

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4. C.E.O.

Winner: Obama  

Total donations for Obama: $3,315,990.01

Total donations for Romney: $1,543,925.45 

While Romney stumps on a pro-business platform, Obama has more CEO donors and a larger pot of money from head executives. On a per-donor basis, Romney donors are ahead, giving $1.50 for every $1 given to Obama.   

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6. Teacher

Winner: Obama  

Total donations for Obama: $2,079,470.18

Total donations for Romney: $290,676.32 

On a per-capita basis, teachers and teacher’s aides actually give nearly four times as much to Romney than to Obama—one of the highest per-captia discrepancies of all the occupations The Daily Beast considered. But, as Obama counts 28 times as many individual teacher donors, he has a bigger pot of money from the nation’s educators.

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7. Entrepreneur

Winner: Romney  

Total donations for Obama: $274,816.05

Total donations for Romney: $1,011,396.87 

More than 1,500 self-described entrepreneurs have helped line Romney’s coffers so far, compared with 738 for Obama. Romney’s favor in this occupational category is helped by the fact that entrepreneurs donate $1.72 to his campaign for every $1 they have given to Obama.

 

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8. Farmer

Winner: Romney  

Total donations for Obama: $235,245.87

Total donations for Romney: $585,521.41 

Chalk it up to good marketing? Just last week Romney announced the “Farmers and Ranchers for Romney” coalition. Florida Agriculture Commissioner and one of the coalition’s national chairs Adam Putnam said of the announcement, “Throughout the past three and a half years, President Obama has demonstrated in both his rhetoric and his policies that he lacks that understanding. I’m confident that Governor Romney’s experience and vision will restore a brighter future for all Americans.” Apparently, the nation's farmer and farm laborers are, too.

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9. Small Business Owner

Winner: Obama  

Total donations for Obama: $247,322.40

Total donations for Romney: $208,452.84 

This is the occupational category with one of the narrowest financial differences, with Obama edging over Romney by less than $50,000. Obama has been criticized for his lack of support of the Main Street economy, especially because the small business market has been exceptionally slow to recover from the recession.  

 

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10. Healthcare Professional

Winner: Obama  

Total donations for Obama: $178,369.57

Total donations for Romney: $163,170.12 

It’s clear that from an individual perspective, healthcare professionals (including self-described analysts, executives, consultants and others) are divided as to which candidate should be supported. While Obama’s healthcare mandate would add nearly 50 million people into the system, Romney has promised to repeal Obama’s legislation and offer Obamacare “waivers” to all 50 states on his first day in office.

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11. Trader

Winner: Romney  

Total donations for Obama: $71,597.00

Total donations for Romney: $223,215.00 

Given Romney’s stance on Wall Street and his record in the private financial sector, it’s no surprise more traders are on his side. In fact, this is one of the most pro-Romney categories, with Romney’s dollars outstripping Obama’s 3:1.

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12. Rancher

Winner: Romney  

Total donations for Obama: $42,334.31

Total donations for Romney: $241,248.92 

Like farmers, ranchers appear to be skewing right these days, giving nearly six times as much money to Romney than Obama. Romney wins on a per-capita basis, too, with the average donation close to 2.5 times higher ($550 for Romney vs. $22 for Obama). 

 

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14. Wealth Manager

Winner: Romney  

Total donations for Obama: $16,394.00

Total donations for Romney: $93,950.12 

Romney wins hands-down, drawing six times the funds and more than twice the donors as Obama. 

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15. Yoga Instructor

Winner: Obama  

Total donations for Obama: $58,324.50

Total donations for Romney: $5,515.00 

Namaste, Obama. The president can take some comfort in the fact that he's getting huge support from the nation's yoga instructors. Obama has 473 such donors compared to 4 who have given to Romney. But thanks to a single yoga-teaching Romney fan who has donated $5,000 to his campaign, his per-donor average contribution is $1,379, compared to Obama’s $123. Om shanti.

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16. Firefighter

Winner: Obama  

Total donations for Obama: $57,042.34

Total donations for Romney: $4,784.74 

Obama’s got the upper hand when it comes to service workers. His lead in terms of total money collected is greatest in this occupational category, and 658 firefighters are on his donor roster compared to Romney’s 24.

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17. Rabbi

Winner: Obama  

Total donations for Obama: $53,955.00

Total donations for Romney: $6,125.00 

Earlier this week, Obama unveiled his newest support group: Rabbis for Obama. And according to a recent Gallup poll, 68% of Jewish voters prefer the Democratic incumbent. The grand total of rabbis who are in the pro-Romney camp? Eight.  

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18. Flight Attendant

Winner: Obama  

Total donations for Obama: $41,520.62

Total donations for Romney: $15,154.12

Like other unionized workers, flight attendants would prefer to keep Obama in office. 

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19. Catholic Priest

Winner: Obama

Total donations for Obama: $11,195.00

Total donations for Romney: $4,503.00

Apparently, rabbis aren’t the only religious people in support of Obama. Despite the president's pro-choice stance, Catholic priests who have donated to the campaigns side with Obama over Romney 4:1.

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20. Cashier

Winner: Obama

Total donations for Obama: $7,537.16

Total donations for Romney: $1,135.40

The interesting thing about this category: the average donation is nearly the same for both candidates. Obama’s got eight times as many supporters, but both candidates get an average of about $50 from cashiers.