September 16th, 2008
02:39 PM ET

Dilbert guy's economic poll on McCain, Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/09/16/dilbert.economy/art.dilbert.flex.jpg caption="Dilbert creator Scott Adams hired a polling firm to survey economists on which candidate is best for the economy."]Editor's Note: Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert, the comic strip that appears in 2,000 newspapers in 70 countries. He blogs on politics and other subjects. He says he's an independent voter but donated to John McCain's campaign because he had promised a friend he would do so if the surge of troops to Iraq worked. "I figured my money was safe," Adams says.

Scott Adams
Dilbert creator

This summer I found myself wishing someone would give voters useful and unbiased information about which candidate has the best plans for the economy.

Then I realized that I am someone, which is both inconvenient and expensive. So for once I asked not what my country could do for me.

At considerable personal expense, I commissioned a survey of over 500 economists, drawn from a subset of the members of the American Economic Association, a nonpolitical group, some of whose members had agreed in advance to be surveyed on economic questions.

The results do not represent the economic association's position. The survey was managed by The OSR Group, a respected national public opinion and marketing research company.

I should pause here and confess my personal biases, since the messenger is part of the story. On social issues, I lean Libertarian, minus the crazy stuff.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • Raw Politics
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. cassie

    AJ, the proof seems to be in the pudding. Stop with the "if you don't agree with us, you are racist" already. This mentality is causing enough problems. Hillary supporters are not racists. Perhaps the reverse is true.
    Just observing.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:36 pm |
  2. Carol, PA

    I'm with Mary. We can no longer afford to continue down this road. It is so important that we understand the differences between these candidates. How can we even think of four more years of the same? The failed policies of this administration are the very same ones John McCain plans to stand by, he said so during his speech at the convention. McCain and Palen are good people, but they do not represent the interests of the middle class-only the wealthy and big business. I cannot imagine why anyone falling into the category of middle class would even consider voting Republican this election. While their tent may be large, there is no room for the average working family. They intend to continue taking care of themselves.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:31 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    At this point I don't think either candidate has a clue about what to do about the economy. I also don't think either candidate after the nastiness of this race needs to be President. We ought to scrape the candidates we have and start over – except we would probably get more of the same.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 16, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  4. Sandy

    I think if Dodd gave back is 160m and Obama gave back his 120m and the other top ten receivers of monies from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac did the samethose companies could right themselves.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:21 pm |
  5. lampe

    AJ: I'm sorry, but no real Democratic Women, would ever vote for a Party, and a Man, who told them to sit down, keep their mouths closed, and fall in line behind the least experienced candidate they could have picked. And when you can tell me a AA women, that 95% of AA's are not voting for Obama, simply because he is BLack, then and only then will you have the right to call anyone a racist.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:05 pm |
  6. AJ

    Ryan, it's the racists like you who are going to bring the democratic party down. Before that happens, it would be nice if you quit the party and join the republicans. Your comments are laced with racist views under the vail of support for Hillary Clinton. Obama is the rising star of the democratic party just like Kennedy was in 1960 and Clinton in 1992. Yes, Hillary was also a strong contender and anyone of these candidates would have brought chnag to the way things were run last 8 years. However, fair and square Obama won (it was not his fault that Florida and Michigan caused problems but Hillary also sided with DNC's initial decision. Only when she was losing she started changing her position and satrted the rift). Now, it's time for true democrats and independents to vote for Obama and get rid of the party in power that has caused trillions in deficits, an illegal war, economy in gutter, healthcare for the rich and education for the priviledged.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:09 pm |
  7. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT






    $490,000 BILLION IN DEFICIT FOR 2009!


    September 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  8. nate

    The US economy will be just fine if the US gets back to its basic core principles. Reduce the size of Government, promote competition in the marketplace, enforce the laws currently on the books to prevent another Enron, etc., demand accountability with top level staff including the Director of FEMA to prevent another Katrina, and demand
    compensation from the Iraqi Government for the money spend in Iraq to help liberate it from its former Dictator!

    September 16, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  9. Ryan Field

    Obama needs a miracle now. And so do all we Hillary supporters who were told..."party unity" and "they'll come around" and "don't be sore losers." Because now we all (Democrats) have to vote for Obama, who up until now has yet to prove that he's electable any place other than inner cities where there are strong minority votes, which are based on nothing more than race.

    I had a bad feeling Obama would get his due karma, but I didn't think it would happen so soon, and not in the form of Sarah Palin...a woman who is ONLY running for vice President.

    And now half the democratic party (the ones who voted for Hillary) have to suffer through four more years of republicans.

    If Obama needs a "second act" than the DNC needs to clean house and remove the dead, tired wood that dragged a man who is not ready to be elected, over the finish line in the primary.

    September 16, 2008 at 3:43 pm |