Economists Support Obama Over McCain By More Than 2 to 1

A new poll of economists finds Sen. Barack Obama is overwhelmingly preferred over Sen. John McCain by a 66% to 28% margin. The survey consisted of 523 economists who are both U.S. citizens and members of the American Economic Association.

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The List: Obama’s Economists

Economic policy advisors:

  • Jason Furman (director of economy policy)
  • Austan Goolsbee (senior economic policy advisor), University of Chicago tax policy expert
  • Karen Kornbluh (policy director)
  • David Cutler, Harvard health policy expert
  • Jeff Liebman, Harvard welfare expert
  • Michael Froman, Citigroup executive
  • Daniel Tarullo, Georgetown law professor
  • David Romer, Berkeley macroeconomist
  • Christina Romer, Berkeley economic historian
  • Richard Thaler, University of Chicago behavioral finance expert
  • Robert Rubin, former Treasury Secretary
  • Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary
  • Alan Blinder, former Vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Jared Bernstein, Economic Policy Institute labor economist
  • James Galbraith, University of Texas macroeconomist
  • Paul Volcker, Chairman of the Federal Reserve 1979-1987
  • Laura Tyson, Berkeley international economist, Bill Clinton economic adviser
  • Robert Reich, Berkeley public policy professor, former Secretary of Labor
  • Peter Henry, Stanford international economist
  • Gene Sperling, former White House economic adviser

Other prominent economists who support Obama:

  • Brad Delong, Berkeley macroeconomist
  • Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel laureate                                   
  • Edmund Phelps, 2006 Nobel laureate
  • Ray Fair, Yale macroeconomist
  • Dan McFadden, 2000 Nobel laureate
  • Robert Solow, 1987 Nobel laureate

Prominent finance people who support Obama:

(not actually economists)

  • William Donaldson, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair 2003-05
  • Arthur Levitt, SEC chair 1993-2001
  • David Ruder, SEC chair 1987-1989
  • Warren Buffet, investor, richest person in world 
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