I don’t know why you had assumed that American professionals would vote Republican – apparently because you’re Canadian and know about as much regarding US politics as we know about Canadian politics (that is, close to nothing). No offense intended by that prior statement (I confess I know practically nothing about Canadia), but the Democratic party has always had plenty of support from doctors, lawyers, techies and other professionals.
I assume you may be thinking the Republican party is the one that favors corporate interests over those of the individual and the environment, favors cutting taxes for the wealthy, favors big oil/guns/tobacco, and is opposed to spending money on social programs regarding education, healthcare, the arts, and so forth, which is all pretty much true.
And you may have the inaccurate preconception that people with money (ie., professionals) tend to be interested in their own greedy monetary concerns to the exclusion of all else, so they would tend to vote Republican to get their capital gains tax cuts and estate tax cuts and corporate tax cuts and the hell with public support for the schools, the arts, the environmnet and personal liberties, because with their money they can buy what they want and are insulated from the concerns of the “common man.” But that’s where you would be wrong.
First, studies have shown that voters don’t always place their own grubby monetary self-interest over everything else. Voters tend to vote for what they feel is right even if may not benefit them personally to a noticeable extent.
Second, doctors, lawyers and other professionals tend to be highly educated and intelligent, so one would expect them to recognize the value in government support of education, the arts, the environment, social programs, civil liberties, opposition to war, etc. (ie., the Democratic platform). On the other hand, a lot of Republican support seems to come from poorly-educated, small-minded, provincial hicks (“joe sixpack” as Palin constantly reminds us) who not surprisingly favor gun ownership, oil drilling, lifting of environmental and workplace safety constraints, don’t give a damn about civil liberties or the arts, and are pro-War because we’re the greatest nation on earth goddamn it and we should just go in there and bomb the shit out of those ayrab bastards, to teach them a lesson for 9-11. (Check out the maps of red and blue states. Democrats get heavy support from the big cities on the East and West Coasts, ie., educated professionals, while Repubs get the Middle of the country, ie., farmers, ranchers, oilmen and other rural and blue collar workers).
Third, people of all parties and backgrounds are sick and tired of 8 years of the incompetent monkey and how the Republicans have screwed things up so badly and are ready for change.
[quote] Barack Obama now leads John McCain by double digits, 52 percent to 41 percent among registered voters—a marked shift from the last Newsweek poll, conducted one month ago, when the two candidates were tied at 46 percent.
Underlying Obama’s surge in support: An historic boiling over of dissatisfaction with the status quo. An astounding 86 percent of voters now say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States, while a mere 10 percent say they are satisfied. . .
Twenty-five percent of voters say they approve of the job President Bush is doing in the White House, a record low for any president in the NEWSWEEK poll . . . Voters are crying out for change . . . Asked which ticket they thought was most likely to bring about change if elected, voters said Obama-Biden over McCain-Palin 52 percent to 37 percent.[/quote]