Via the Gadflyer, the center-right British magazine, The Economist, sent surveys to 100 academic economists (“We chose their names, at random, from among the referees of the American Economic Review, one of the profession’s more prestigious publications.”) of their views of Bush’s handling of the economy; 56 responded:
More than 70% of the 56 professors who responded to our survey rate Mr Bush’s first-term economic policies as bad or very bad. Fewer than 20% give positive marks to Mr Bush’s second-term economic agenda, and almost six out of ten disapproved. Mr Kerry hardly got rave reviews either, but his economic plan still fared better than the president’s did. In all, four out of ten professors rated Mr Kerry’s economic plan as good or very good, but 27% gave it negative scores.