The Economist's poll of economists concering the candidates financial plans

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    Very interesting article. When you have a few seconds give it a read.

    Of those who responded, the party affiliation was definitely skewed to the Democrats, but when you disqualify economists who stated a party affiliation, the independants heavily favored Obama's economic plan over McCain's.

    Even among the Republican economists polled, they gave Obama's plan a better rating than McCain's. (46% to 23%)

    Examining America's presidential candidates | Examining the candidates | The Economist

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    Just some food for thought.
     
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    Bump for the daysiders.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

    Considering the economy is the single biggest issue confronting voters, I thought this might be of interest.

    Of course it has nothing to do with the ridiculous smear campaigns coming from both parties, and I understand that makes this thread a lot less sexy, but I feel it is extremely important.

    So once again, thoughts?
     
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    Obama's three biggest priorities are getting out of Iraq, universal healthcare, and American energy independence.

    All three of these issues would help the American economy.
     
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    Not shocking since McCain admitted he knows nothing about the economy
     
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    It is going to be great to have a smart president again.

    Our long national nightmare will soon be over.
     
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    from your article

    Our survey is not, by any means, a scientific poll of all economists. We e-mailed a questionnaire to 683 research associates, all we could track down, of the National Bureau of Economic Research, America’s premier association of applied academic economists, though the NBER itself played no role in the survey. A total of 142 responded, of whom 46% identified themselves as Democrats, 10% as Republicans and 44% as neither.

    gee a poll of 46% democrats

    I wonder what the results will be. Sorry but not a very convincing set of "data"
     
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    I made note of this point in my original post.

    But does this paragraph worry you?

    Go ahead and throw out all the Dem responses. Let's just concentrate on the Indies and the Repubs.

    So now that we have eliminated all repsonses from the "liberal" economists, it still appears that economists from McCain's own party think Obama has a better plan.

    Thoughts?
     
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    The question here is a better grasp than what? A second grade understanding of the markets?

    Both candidates will continue the same old government meddling in the markets that brought us the bail out.
     
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    While I tend to agree with you in the sense that the office of president gives direction and actually does not dictate economic policy, the areas of grasp which are in question were stated as follows:

    As someone who doesn't affiliate with either party, my major voting issue right now is the economy.

    With this disaster of an economy being handed to the next president, I'm not sure David Copperfield himself could pull off a magic trick to make it magically correct itself.

    But it is painfully obvious to me that McCain does not have a solid plan to right our listing ship.
     
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    Economist engineered our financial fiasco too. Talk about no credibility. :lol:
     

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