POLITICS OF THE ENGINEERING COMMUNITY

October 20, 2012


The graphics for this blog were developed from a survey by Machine Design and an article written by Steven J. Mraz, October 16, 2012. 

There are several subjects I generally stay away from due to their very nature but since this is an extremely important election year I thought I would venture into the realm of the forbidden.  I think most people, including politicians, are fascinating although I definitely feel politics for the sake of getting one’s way is remarkably detrimental to “good works”.  Quite frankly, I would not give you a bucket of warm spit for what I seen in Washington D.C.  Total lack of cooperation between the parties.  Virtually no resourcefulness in trying to find viable solutions to our most troubling problems, and we have many.  Seeming unwillingness to “cross the isle” and negotiate with people of differing view-points.  I agree with the majority of engineers in that the next President will not matter that much relative to solutions forthcoming.   I would do cartwheels if they would choose one problem; i.e. economy, jobs, schools, health care, immigration, crime, etc. and fix it.  Just one solved problem would restore my diminished faith in their ability to contribute in a worthwhile manner.   With that being said, let’s see what our peers indicate as their views on politics in this political year. 

Engineers tend to view themselves as much less liberal and slightly more conservative than the general public, according to a recent survey of over 1,200 readers of MACHINE DESIGN and Electronic Design magazines. The same survey also found that engineers are more likely to be Republican (42.1%) or Independent (33.7%) voters, as opposed to Democrats (14.5%).  And although over a third of the engineers think Republicans represent the best interests of the engineering community better than Democrats, a majority of engineers (48.1%) believe neither party is really on the side of engineers.

The graphic above will illustrate the percentages of beliefs held by the respondents.   I personally am an independent.  I have voted Republican, Democrat and Independent at times during my adult life-time.  I vote for the person and not the party.  Seems the proper thing to do and signifies my belief that there is nothing inherently wrong with being in either classification relative to the beliefs of the person running.  I definitely am conservative when it comes to all things financial.

The pie-chart above and the one below indicate that I am not alone with that viewpoint.

 In looking at the performance of President Obama, we see the following.

I find it very hard to disagree with this one.  He has been tremendously lack-luster relative to the promises made in 2008, prior to election.  I might mention one thing—one object cannot occupy two places at the same time.  In other words, you can’t be in the Oval Office and on the golf course at the same time.   You can’t sit with Letterman, Steward, and the ladies on the View and pretend you are doing your job.  (Just a thought.)  OK, with that being said, how do we think Romney would do?

Not too optimistic are we?   I would offer a thought that things will not change with either being our next president.  Sill have the same old Congress.  

A whopping 87.9% of the engineers polled have a negative view-point of Congress.  And why not?   They are on vacation until November 13th.   With a 16 trillion dollar deficit, these birds are on vacation—seeing to their reelection.  I will say one thing—they certainly have a great deal in common with Alfred E. Newman—“what, me worry”?

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