Sunday, October 5, 2008

Economists on McCain and Obama

Here is a summary of the results from a poll of professional economists (in which I participated) on the economic views, advisors and so on of Obama and McCain.

McCain is not, I think, as anti-intellectual as Bush (despite the statement reported in the article) but that is setting a very low bar indeed.

Like the other respondents, I have nothing but praise Doug Holtz-Eakin of the McCain team. Steve Davis, who is also a fine economist, has been working with McCain too, but as the economist piece notes, the democrats have a larger pool to draw on because they attract a lot of economists with centrist economic and political views (or even relatively classical liberal ones) who simply cannot abide the social conservatism of the Republicans.

Note, too, the high fraction of survey respondents not identifying with either component of the demopublicans.