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IT Workers Split On Presidential Candidates, But Give Money To Campaigns

Barack Obama and John McCain would each receive 29% of the vote if the election were held today, a CompTIA-sponsored phone survey of 600 IT workers found.

IT workers are a politically independent group split on who they'd pick as the next U.S. President, according to a new report released on Tuesday by industry organization CompTIA.

A recent phone survey of 600 IT workers, conducted by Rasmussen Reports for CompTIA, revealed that Barack Obama and John McCain would each receive 29% of the vote "if the 2008 Presidential election were held today." The survey was conducted between Feb. 20 and March 3.

Of the other major candidates, Hillary Clinton received 13% of the votes; Mike Huckabee garnered 11%; Ron Paul got 9%. Nine percent of IT workers said they were unsure who they'd vote for.

Thirty-nine percent of IT workers say most important issue facing the next President is the economy, followed by the Iraq war (18%); immigration (15%); national security (14%); government ethics and corruption (6%); health care (4%); and Social Security (1%). Only 2% said "other" and another 2% were unsure.

Among of the surprises in the survey's findings are the general profile of U.S. workers who identify themselves as IT workers, said Roger Cochetti, CompTIA group director of U.S. public policy. The majority of IT workers surveyed -- 40% -- said they were not affiliated with either the Republican or Democrat political parties. Thirty-five percent said they were Republicans and 26% said they were Democrats.

Thirty-nine percent of the respondents said they considered themselves politically "conservative," 36% said they are "moderate," 24% said they are "liberal," and only 2% were unsure.

Also, 27% of IT workers said they contributed to a Presidential campaign via the Internet, which is a "much higher percentage" than the average of all U.S. workers who contribute to a Presidential campaign, said Cochetti. Government election data shows that only about 2.5% of U.S. workers contribute $200 or more to U.S. Presidential campaigns, said Cochetti. The CompTIA survey did not ask IT workers the dollar amount of their campaign contributions.

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