Tech Pros Still Prefer Obama, Dice Poll Shows Tight Race With Romney
Dice reports that Tech professionals favor President Obama over Gov. Romney in the upcoming election but much less than they preferred Obama over Sen. McCain four years ago.Tech pros give President Barack Obama an edge over Gov. Mitt Romney in the upcoming election, according to the findings of a survey conducted by IT career site Dice. However, the study results released Oct. 29 shows that support for the incumbent president has fallen significantly from four years ago. The poll of more than 2,000 tech professionals conducted Oct. 22 to 25 showed that 45 percent picked President Obama as the candidate who would pay the most attention to their needs, Dice found. That compares with 37 percent who chose Gov. Romney as the most attentive, 5 percent who picked Libertarian Gary Johnson, 1 percent who selected the Green Party's Jill Stein and 12 percent "other." In 2008, President Obama bested Senator John McCain by a two-to-one margin (63 percent to 27 percent), when Dice asked a similar group about their preference for president. That year, Independent party member Ralph Nader received 4 percent and 6 percent chose other. "With this election reportedly about jobs, I’m not surprised President Obama stayed ahead in the poll given the relatively stronger job market for technology professionals," Dice Managing Director Alice Hill said in an email. "But I think economic dissatisfaction still comes through in the results—both from the deterioration in Mr. Obama’s level, as well as the jump in 'other' respondents—whose #1 write-in was 'no one.'"
Technology professionals have experienced a relatively good job market in the past two years, with the second-quarter unemployment rate for tech professionals averaging 3.3 percent—well below the national average—not great but still good, Hill pointed out. "Now, in the last recovery, the best quarter was 1.8 percent unemployment [for the tech sector]; the worst quarter in the Great Recession, 6.1 percent," Hill wrote.