Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How economists vote (and why they matter)

Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert comic strip, so you shouldn't take him too seriously, right? Not true—at least not today. Adams recently commissioned (out of his own pocket!) a quite-serious survey of the political opinions of over 500 economists. Today he released the results.

The findings are interesting. Here are a few tidbits:
  • 48% of economists surveyed are Democrats, while only 17% are Republicans.
  • Not surprisingly, those surveyed favored Barak Obama over John McCain.
  • Economists think that education is the most important economic issue.
Take a look at the full results. I bet you'll learn something.

(Scott Adams also recently wrote about why economists matter. It's a good read.)


jacob said...

I think they should have weighted the votes so that in the final score for a particular question, the votes from republicans had the same weight as the votes from democrats.

Bruce said...

But then it wouldn't be representative of what economists think, which would be misleading. I agree that it would be interesting to see things broken down that way in addition to the reported results, though.

If you want to break things down that way yourself, you can. Adams's survey results PowerPoint includes all of the stats you need.