Who would an economist vote for?

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, has commissioned and released the results of a survey of economists on a range of issues and candidates choice for the 2008 election.  This was partly prompted by earlier statements by Clinton and McCain that neither candidate would not throw their lot in with economists and Adams decided to see what economists really thought:

We asked the economists which candidate for president would be best for the economy in the long run. Not surprisingly, 88 percent of Democratic economists think Democratic Sen. Barack Obama would be best, while 80 percent of Republican economists pick Republican Sen. John McCain.

Given that the survey is looking at experts in an academic field to gauge some sort of consensus, it is worthy posting.  Just as if someone commissioned a survey on the Bush Doctrine with International Relations scholars.  The results above are not overly surprising.

Michael A. Allen

About Michael A. Allen

Michael is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Boise State University with a focus in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Methodology (quantitative and formal). His work includes issues related to military basing abroad, asymmetric relations, cooperation, and conflict. He received his Ph.D from Binghamton University in 2011.

2 Replies to “Who would an economist vote for?”

  1. This is a very interesting survey. I think it nicely points out that even economists disagree on… well, economics.
    On another note, it appears that, overall, this specific group of economists favor Obama in the upcoming election. This is not surprising because 48% of the respondents considered themselves Democrats while only 17% considered themselves Republicans. I think it’s important to point out, however, that I think these results MAY only apply to academic economists. 65% of respondents were academics; I am curious if the results would change if the survey only included consultants/ business people/ et cetera. I wonder if there would be more Republicans.

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