Economists: Hillary Clinton and Gary Johnson Better Than Trump

A majority of professional business economists polled said they believe Hillary Clinton would be the best choice to oversee the U.S. economy as president, according to a new survey from the National Association of Business Economics. The organization surveyed 414 of its members at the end of July and found that nearly 55 percent believe the Democratic nominee would best handle the economy. Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson came in second with 15 percent, and an additional 15 percent of surveyed economists replied “don’t know” or “no opinion.” Republican nominee Donald Trump finished behind Johnson, with 14 percent of economists saying he’d do the “best job.” Additionally, 65 percent of the economists disagreed with Trump’s protectionist economic proposals, saying that U.S. trade policy should be “more open/free,” and 64 percent supported a program to legalize undocumented workers currently living in the United States—a policy completely at odds with Trump’s aggressively anti-immigration positions.