Dilbert author Scott Adams commissioned a survey of 500 economists, asking them which candidate they prefer on a variety of issues. The results are … not very interesting.
Short story: economists prefer Obama. Medium story: Democratic economists prefer Obama, Republican economists prefer McCain, and independents swing Obama (46-39 percent).
Breakdown of the 500, drawn from the nonpartisan American Economic Association:
5% Other or not registered
86% of the economists surveyed are male, and 65% work in the field of academia or education. The rest are spread across various industries or not working.
On the issues beloved of Grist readers (O=Obama, M=McCain, ND=no difference):
Energy: O-61 percent, M-22 percent, ND-17 percent
Encouraging Technology/innovation: O-43 percent, M-23 percent, ND-34 percent
Environmental policy: O-72 percent, M-9 percent, ND-19 percent
Lessons I draw from this:
- Most economists are Democrats. Hm.
- Economists have no secret magical reality-decoder ring; they vote their party preferences like everyone else.
- I’ll blog any ol’ thing.