CNN: Economists Prefer Romney over Obama by Three-to-One Margin

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Economists think Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be better for the economy than President Obama. But they're not very enthusiastic about either of them.

Nine of 17 top economists surveyed by CNNMoney picked Romney when asked who's election would help the economy grow more. Only three picked Obama.

But the remaining five made no pick, with several suggesting neither would provide much of a lift to the sagging economy.

"Obama doesn't really understand business and Romney doesn't really understand how to govern. So pick your poison," said Gary Rosenberger of EconoPlay, one of those surveyed who refused to give a pick.

And many of those picking Romney were more critical of, as opposed to excited about, the Republican challenger's plans.

"Romney's policies would likely be less bad for the economy than Obama's," said Bill Watkins, executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at Cal Lutheran University.

Several of the economists who thought Romney would be better for the economy pointed out what they thought were flaws in Obama's record. These economists felt there is too much regulatory uncertainty hanging over businesses and that gridlock between the White House and Republicans in Congress also is a drag on hiring and growth.

"Romney might be more likely to get Congress to do something, whereas Obama has shown he can't," said David Wyss, a fellow at Brown University. Allen Sinai of Decision Economics gave the Republican challenger the most enthusiastic support of those surveyed, saying Romney's calls for "cutting growth of government outlays, lowering tax rates and closing loopholes, less regulatory uncertainty ...smaller government and entitlement reform all must be tackled."

But those who picked Obama are hoping things will be different if the president wins a second term. Obama could be in a better position to enact reforms on entitlement spending and reach a deal on deficit reduction than Romney, according to one economist.

"It's the Nixon-to-China syndrome -- only a Democrat can get away with it," said Bill Cheney, chief economist at Manulife Asset Management.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/09/30/news/economy/romney-obama-economists/index.html

CNN furiously spins this to downplay the preference for Romney over Obama. And some of the economists are gnashing their teeth: "Obama doesn't really understand business and Romney doesn't really understand how to govern. So pick your poison". Like Obama knows how to govern?

Romney - Less Bad Than Obama
 

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4 more years. Blechh.
 

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Grey font on light blue? Can't see...
shrug. This new software pastes HTML so it has the original article's formatting. I try to fix it so it's visible on my machine (Wackbag Black?) and it's fucked up on other people's styles. Unintended Consequences. Highlight it and you can see it.
 

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All you have to do is highlight the selected text and click the first icon (eraser thingy) next to font family. That should remove any formatting from the place you copied it from. The Jew that frequents these boards taught me that.
 

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But our resident libtards say that all economists love Obama! This story can't possibly be true! I'm so confused!
 

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Alternate headline: "3 out of 4 economists are racist."
 

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All you have to do is highlight the selected text and click the first icon (eraser thingy) next to font family. That should remove any formatting from the place you copied it from.
Ahh, thanks. You happen to know how insert a link with a custom title?

The Jew that frequents these boards taught me that.
He's up to something.
 

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In related news... the fourth dentist caved, now they're all recommending Trident to their patient's who chew gum.
 

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The Jew that frequents these boards taught me that.
I thought the bit was we stole credit from the Jew...:cool:

I've always been on the default blue on white style...so I can see everything, it's just when you're using Wackbag black styles. I'm always finding myself needing to go back and edit my posts and getting rid of those font and color tags...frustrating.

Why thank you OAPC. :action-sm
 

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I thought the bit was we stole credit from the Jew...:cool:
Oh....you're not a jew? ;)

I stand corrected...it was you that told me how to do it. In another recent thread...Neon was complaining about how he couldn't see what I was quoting. Makes sense.
 

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1/4 of economists=college professors
 
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But our resident libtards say that all economists love Obama! This story can't possibly be true! I'm so confused!
There are economists on both sides.
Either way, this is who gives a shit news. There's only 15,000 non-academic economists in America. They don't make a difference ELECTORALLY.
 

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There are economists on both sides.
Either way, this is who gives a shit news. There's only 15,000 non-academic economists in America. They don't make a difference ELECTORALLY.
You sure weren't singing that story when you cherry picked a list of economists that agreed with Barry.
 
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You sure weren't singing that story when you cherry picked a list of economists that agreed with Barry.
Well what it illustrates is that you can find people with the same expertise who disagree on something. Either way, a month out, all that really matters right now is VOTES. Not endorsements, not even polls, but its who will get more votes.
Economists....there's 15,000 in the US.
Even if 100% of them voted for Romney, it ain't as powerful as reaching out to Jews, Latinos, Muslims, Asians, Indians, Catholics, Native Americans, Blacks, Students and Women. These add up to millions of votes and Romney is trailing in all categories.
 

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Well what it illustrates is that you can find people with the same expertise who disagree on something. Either way, a month out, all that really matters right now is VOTES. Not endorsements, not even polls, but its who will get more votes.
Economists....there's 15,000 in the US.
Even if 100% of them voted for Romney, it ain't as powerful as reaching out to Jews, Latinos, Muslims, Asians, Indians, Catholics, Native Americans, Blacks, Students and Women. These add up to millions of votes and Romney is trailing in all categories.
Dude, seriously? You think it's about who the ECONOMISTS vote for? Just...wow.
 
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Dude, seriously? You think it's about who the ECONOMISTS vote for? Just...wow.
That's precisely my point.
Drudge will post links to economists or military supporting Romney, but Conservatives ignore the face that Latinos are supporting Democrats in greater numbers.

By the way, in the CNN survey, just 9 of 17 economists picked Romney.

That's a tiny sample, and a tiny margin for an "economy" guy.
 

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OH CNN! :rolleyes:

17 economists were surveyed in their crappy poll. 9 of them support Romney, in which CNN claims "many" were all reluctant on that pick...and provide one quote from one of the "many" who reluctantly picked Romney. Wouldn't you think to ask the other "many" about why they reluctantly picked him? Instead of just providing one quote from one guy? Meanwhile...only 3 out of the 17 picked our President. That's not even 1/5th! What, like 18%? If you're hyping up your stupid survey...that's a HUGE story.

Yet what's the title of the fuckin article? "CNN Poll: Obama Preferred By Only 3 Out of 17 Economists"?

No.

"Economists Reluctantly Pick Romney"

Are you fucking kidding me?!