Do you want a businessman, a senator, a governor, or a doctor or lawyer as your next president?
Selecting presidential nominees for 2016 is proving to be an exhausting and complex matter, and we are still a long way from the process actually taking place.
At this point, we have all manner of choices at our disposal: a real estate tycoon, a neurologist, as well as assorted senators, governors, former governors, and other government officials.
Spectrem Group's latest Investor Pulse survey asked affluent investors to select the background they would most prefer for the next president of the United States. They were given the choices of a business person or professional (like a doctor or lawyer), a senator, a governor, or other.
Perhaps with an eye toward current candidates like Donald Trump, Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina, 31 percent said they are most likely to vote for a business person or professional. Twenty-one percent were going to vote for a governor, and 17 percent were choosing a senator.
It is unknown which category was chosen by those interested in voting for Hillary Clinton, who is a former Senator but perhaps more widely known for her role as Secretary of State.
There was a sizable difference in the responses between men and women. Men expressed a greater interest in a business person or professional, or a governor, while women were more interested in senators.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 40 percent of business owners liked the idea of a business person or professional as president. So did 39 percent of corporate executives. Both groups were uninterested in a senator as president; only 8 percent of business owners and 11 percent of corporate executives selected “senator” as their next presidential choice.
There was not a great disparity when investors were segmented by age, although only 12 percent of investors under the age of 40 were interested in seeing a governor as president.
Looking at the question from a political standpoint, 49 percent of Republicans chose “business person or professional”, while only 13 percent of Democrats did so (Trump, Carson and Fiorina are all Republican candidates). Of the investors who claim to be independents, 38 percent selected “other’’, again uncertain which candidate they were considering with that choice. Twenty-nine percent of independents chose “business person or professional”.
Fiscal conservatives shied away from senators, perhaps seeing them as symbols of the federal government. Instead, 41 percent selected “business person/professional” and 29 percent selected “governor”. On the other side of the coin, 45 percent of fiscal liberals selected “senator”.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.