How Politically Biased Is Each Industry? Check These Charts

How Politically Biased Is Each Industry? Check These Charts

The news: The midterm elections this week demonstrated how sharply partisan politics are divided across age, gender and race groups. But what about different industries?

This week, political analysis firm Crowdpac released a report determining the political bias of different professions, based on campaign contribution data from individual donors dating back to the '80s. The resulting analysis lets us see where various industries fall on the political spectrum:

Source: Crowdpac

"In compiling all this data, and building these tools, we have the opportunity to shine some light on the political system and reveal some interesting insights and trends," Crowdpac CEO and co-founder Steve Hilton told Business Insider. "For example, our real data conforms with the claims that have been circulated about the extremely liberal profile of the entertainment and media sectors."

Let's dive in for a closer look.

1. News media

Source: Crowdpac

It looks like there is some basis for conservatives' frequent complaints regarding the "liberal media" — the vast majority of political contributions made by people in the media went to liberal candidates.

2. Entertainment industry

Source: Crowdpac

The same goes for the entertainment industry; it looks like some celebrities really do "Turn Out For What."

3. Academia

Source: Crowdpac

Higher education also remains a bastion of liberalism.

4. Tech industry

Source: Crowdpac

Silicon Valley is predictably a liberal stronghold: Among tech firms, Twitter is the most liberal, with 100% of its employees' donations going to liberal candidates.

5. Pharmaceuticals

Source: Crowdpac

There are a sizable number of conservative donors in the pharmaceutical industry, but most people are pretty liberal.

6. Law

Source: Crowdpac


Those in the legal profession are more evenly divided, although they still skew to the left.

7. Farming

Source: Crowdpac

Agriculture is a solidly conservative field.

8. Building and construction

Source: Crowdpac

The same conservative leaning can be seen with people in the construction industry.

9. Mining

Source: Crowdpac

While coal states have been traditionally Democratic, West Virginia's rightward turn is another indication of liberals turning away from the industry.

10. Oil, gas and coal

Source: Crowdpac

Other energy industries aren't popular with liberals either.

11. Tobacco

Source: Crowdpac

Big Tobacco remains firmly conservative.

12. Real estate

Source: Crowdpac

People in real estate are rather divided about politics, though donors were more likely to be conservative.

13. Banking and finance

Source: Crowdpac

Finance leans pretty conservative as well.

14. Hedge funds and private capital

Source: Crowdpac

But things look more evenly distributed among those in hedge funds and private capital.

15. Lobbying

Source: Crowdpac

As to be expected, lobbyists are spread fairly evenly in their donations, though there are few middle-of-the-road donors.

16. Car industry

Source: Crowdpac

The automobile industry is rather polarized, though there are a lot of donors to liberal candidates.

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Eileen Shim

Eileen is a writer living in New York. She studied comparative literature and international studies at Yale University, and enjoys writing about the intersection of culture and politics.

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