Five Hundred Economists Agree…

Today Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, published an independent survey of 500 economists he commissioned and financed to provide the voters with unbiased and unfiltered through the media information about the potential economic impact of their choice of presidential candidate. The economists who participated in the study were predominantly democrats, outnumbering the republicans almost 3 to 1. However, the survey was professionally done and there is not reason not to believe the numbers.

I, of course, was paying special attention to the column “no difference”, since I long insisted that the choice of president largely doesn’t matter. While only 8% of surveyed economists on average agree with me, the breakdown by certain issues tells a slightly different story: 27% think there won’t be any difference on education, 23% – international trade, 17% -energy, 34% – encouraging innovation, 33% – reducing the deficit, 38% – reducing the immigration, 46% (!) -reducing waste in government and 41% don’t expect any difference in straightening out mortgage/housing crisis. These are not insignificant numbers, although I understand that just like with any poll everyone will draw their own conclusions. Looking at the results, I don’t feel that my position is without merit, although it doesn’t really matter since I am in Kansas and I don’t vote.

No matter what you think about the results of the, Scott Adams deserves some admiration as a voter who wanted to be educated and not brainwashed and put his money where his mouth is.

  • Burrowowl

    Reducing waste in government requires real oversight by a vigorous congress, and fixing the mortgage problem isn’t really relevant to this election. By the time any changes the next president implements can actually kick in, it will have largely sorted itself out.

    Unless you’re looking at multi-billion-dollar bail-outs like AIG got yesterday. It’s a shame the Republicans didn’t put Ron Paul up.

  • travel

    I don’t agree with this survey at all. The measure is “best job” and what’s “best” in the eyes of a Democrat is probably nearly opposite of what’s “best” in the eyes of a Republican.

  • Ron Paul was not electable, although McCain was probably the next worst choice.
    Travel: I liked the survey because I imagine that Scott Adams didn’t request a specific outcome, which we all know can be achieved by phrasing questions in a certain way. Also the party lines were disclosed upfront. That’s probably as close to be truthful as you can get.