Teachers for Bernie, CEOs for Buttigieg, retirees for Trump – who's backing whom in 2020

Julia Carrie Wong and Peter Andringa
<span>Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Teachers love Bernie Sanders, executives are excited by Pete Buttigieg, lawyers opt for Joe Biden, and the vast majority of retirees support Donald Trump. At least, that’s what we found when we analyzed the professions of people who have donated to a presidential campaign this year.

A Guardian analysis of presidential candidate fundraising reports reveals some notable trends when it comes to who’s winning over members of some popular professions in the 2020 race.

The analysis is based on the presidential candidates’ campaign finance filings for the first nine months of 2019, and is made possible because donors are required to disclose their employers and occupations. The data only shows parts of the candidates’ total fundraising hauls because campaigns are only required to report donors who gave more than $200.


All data is based on keyword analysis of Federal Election Commission filings, and only includes donors who gave more than $200 in 2019.

Candidate photos come from official House and Senate portraits, Getty Images and AFP.