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elmwood
05-10-2006, 12:58 PM
I'm an urban planner. A liberal urban planner. In the field, that makes me completely normal.

The majority of other planners I've met have ideological leanings that lean towards the left. At national conferences of the American Planning Association, the keynote speaker is often a prominent liberal. This year it was Mollly Ivans. A few years ago, it was Michael Moore.

Yes, there's conservative planners out there, but they're in the minority. Even then, they tend to be more moderate or "third way," while there are more than a few very vocal progressives in the profession.

In my experience, it seems like engineers collectively lean towards the right, as do people working in the building and construction trades.

Excepting the obvious - Baptist preachers, radio talk show hosts, women's studies professors and the like -- I'd like to hear about your observations with certain professions and the collective political leaning of their practitioners.

Mahaloth
05-10-2006, 02:59 PM
Every teacher in Michigan is Democrat.

Well, not every teacher, but close. It's to the point where "I hate Bush" posters are common in just about every teacher lounge I've been in.

It's assumed as well. I have teachers show me essays from students that are pro-Bush and they use them as jokes about how dumb some of the kids are...that they like Bush.

As someone who is neither Republican or Democrat, its' shocking to me how much power the Democrat party has over the children in Michigan.

anu-la1979
05-10-2006, 03:10 PM
I've found that attorneys run the gamut and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to whether they're liberal or conservative based on the type of lawyer they are or where they work. The only two trends I've noticed (as a govt. lawyer) is that the agencies that handle finances tend to get slightly more conservative people, than say, the EPA. And people willing to take huge paycuts to work for non-profits all swing left on the pendulum.

But I know plenty of die-hard leftists withering away at conservative law firms. I know moderate-to-conservatives working for public agencies (state and federal).

twickster
05-10-2006, 03:18 PM
In magazine publishing, the folks in editorial and production (art dept., prepress) tend to be liberal, while the folks in accounting and circulation tend to be more conservative.

Zsofia
05-10-2006, 03:52 PM
Librarians tend to be left leaning, although there are some notable and prominent exceptions. Largely, though, our interests lie in speech and censorship issues, and in education.

RickQ
05-10-2006, 08:40 PM
Psychologists tend to be liberal.

Fionn
05-10-2006, 08:47 PM
So do counselors and social workers.

pravnik
05-10-2006, 08:53 PM
I've found that attorneys run the gamut and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to whether they're liberal or conservative based on the type of lawyer they are or where they work.I was going to say the same. Lawyers are all over the place.

Shagnasty
05-10-2006, 08:55 PM
I work in consulting, specifically business systems analysis. I don't notice a huge lean but people tend to be logical and pretty well informed in general. I think there might be a lean to the right on business and economic issues and a lean towards the fairly tolerant on the social side. I have never met anyone in the field with a big socialist streak but there aren't a lot of say, religious fundamentalists either.

Lissa
05-10-2006, 08:58 PM
I work in a museum and 90% of my co-workers are conservatives. (I can't say for sure all museums are like this, of course.)

Carnac the Magnificent!
05-10-2006, 09:07 PM
Senior management (Fortune 500) is definitely right leaning, with a disproportionately large number of globalist libertarians. I can think of precious few who would call themselves Democrats, especially Gore-Hillary Democrats.

capybara
05-10-2006, 10:35 PM
Lissa-- what kind of museum? Working in fine arts (academia, though) this sounds very strange to me.
I'm working as junior faculty at a Canadian university. . . sheesh. Guess.

Hakuna Matata
05-10-2006, 10:49 PM
I find that Architects in general tend to be more liberal than conservative but like any absolute statement I also know a few conservative Architects. But the vast majority I would say are liberal or lean that way.

JKellyMap
05-11-2006, 08:03 AM
Geographers:

Human geographers (especially social theorists) tend to be flaming liberals, if not outright militant communists. (I'm exaggerating a bit...but you get the idea.)

Physical geographers tend to be neutral to somewhat conservative, until they get into global warming, at which point many veer leftward.

The GIS and remote sensing folks are pretty apolitical, although some might make conservative noises since their budgets are often linked to the military.

Lissa
05-11-2006, 08:26 AM
Lissa-- what kind of museum? Working in fine arts (academia, though) this sounds very strange to me.

General history-- we have everything from books to cars in our collection. (Think miniature Smithsonian.)

This is the only museum in which I've worked, but my curator and director have said some of the other museums in which they've worked have been mostly conservative as well. It might have something to do with our geographic location-- rural Midwest.

Podkayne
05-11-2006, 08:27 AM
Astronomers and physicists, like most of yer ivory-tower types, tend heavily toward the liberal.

Coil
05-11-2006, 08:50 AM
Economists tend to be more to the right on the Political Compass (http://www.politicalcompass.org) scale, although the variation is large.

madmonk28
05-11-2006, 09:39 AM
Foreign aid worker. Most lean very heavy to the left, I consider my-self a fairly centrist Democrat, so I seem conservative among my peers. There are a some conservatives in the financial/grant management positions and in the home office.

Missy2U
05-11-2006, 10:20 AM
I work with a lot of engineers - they tend to be conservative.

Well, mine do anyway - I can't say about ALL engineers.

romansperson
05-11-2006, 10:36 AM
Military folks tend to be quite conservative. My DH is ex-military and went into teaching. In a college town. Oops.

tremorviolet
05-11-2006, 12:17 PM
I work with a lot of engineers - they tend to be conservative.

Well, mine do anyway - I can't say about ALL engineers.

Yeah, this has been a huge source of frustration for me, a rare liberal civil engineer. A lot of my coworkers listen to Rush all day long. Luckily, I'm now sitting on the other side of the office with the planners and the biologists.

Anne Neville
05-11-2006, 12:39 PM
IT people and computer techs tend to be fairly libertarian, IME, though a lot of us aren't anything like active in politics.

Gordon Urquhart
05-11-2006, 12:51 PM
Newspaper journalists tend to be fairly liberal (but the good ones don't let it show in their news stories), while the owners of newspapers, and some editors, are more conservative, at least in my experience. Newspaper columnists, of course, run the gamut.

General politics makes for interesting office politics in a newspaper environment. I worked on a staff of very liberal people at a paper that happened to be owned by a conservative -- imagine our joy in typesetting, editing, and printing the paper's endorsement of George Bush the Elder in 1992.

Ludovic
05-11-2006, 01:05 PM
Yeah, this has been a huge source of frustration for me, a rare liberal civil engineer. A lot of my coworkers listen to Rush all day long. Luckily, I'm now sitting on the other side of the office with the planners and the biologists.Well, The Trees was sort of Libertarian, but......oh. Nevermind. (I can also imagine civil engineers liking the band, too.)

XaMcQ
05-11-2006, 02:01 PM
All the sign shop owners I've known have been Republicans, even the lesbian. In general I see a strong tendency towards small business owners to be convinced that the Right is on their side, even though the legislation that they actually pass is much more likely to help huge multi-national corporations.

Laughing Lagomorph
05-11-2006, 08:13 PM
Scientists at a biotechnology company: My coworkers cover a range but there are probably more who would describe themselves as left wing than right wing, especially on lifestyle issues, probably less so on fiscal/economic issues.

On the other hand my longtime supervisor is politically very conservative, and the former CEO of my company is a fairly prominent Republican. I assume the higher management echelons tend to be more conservative on tax and regulation issues.

My wife is from a financial services background and I know that industry tend to be more Republican types.

Fetchund
05-11-2006, 08:40 PM
Landscapers tend to be right wing, except for those of us who specialize in organic/native plants. Naturalists tend to be heavily left-leaning. Obedience instructors don't care for politics outside of the AKC!

Frank
05-11-2006, 09:19 PM
The bulk of the computer programmers I have worked with have been conservative, with a libertarian bent. Unusually for my experience, where I work now most of the programmers (including me) are liberal, with a libertarian bent.

Diceman
05-11-2006, 10:20 PM
I work with a lot of engineers - they tend to be conservative.

Well, mine do anyway - I can't say about ALL engineers.
Yeah, we tend to lean to the right as a group.

In general I see a strong tendency towards small business owners to be convinced that the Right is on their side, even though the legislation that they actually pass is much more likely to help huge multi-national corporations.
Well, consider the alternative. The Left is dominated by ivory-tower types and environmentalists, who tend to be much less accomodating to business' interests.

Cunctator
05-11-2006, 10:24 PM
Actuaries on the whole tend to be conservative, although there are a few left-leaning ones about.

Phantom Dennis
05-12-2006, 05:51 AM
My fellow computer science undergrads in college were disproportionately libertarian. I think the highly technical fields with tenuous connections to social realitiy (e.g. computer science) tend to attract the libertarians, which makes sense, since libertarians inhabit a fantasy world in which human beings behave like computer programs. :D

I'm a died-in-the-wool pinko commie liberal bastard, for what it's worth.

ElvisL1ves
05-12-2006, 01:29 PM
I work with a lot of engineers - they tend to be conservative.

Well, mine do anyway - I can't say about ALL engineers.The ones I work with (in the military-industrial complex at that) generally fall into the social-liberal, fiscal-conservative American archetype now generally lumped under the name "liberal". Could be a regional thing, though, and there are a few evangelicals around.

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