Business economists prefer Clinton to manage the economy

Business economists prefer Clinton to manage the economy
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A majority of U.S. business economists think Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE will do the best job of managing the economy as president, a new survey showed Monday.

The Democratic nominee easily outpaces Republican rival Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE, who came in third, 55 percent to 14 percent, according to the survey of 414 members of the National Association for Business Economics. 

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Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonBiden broadened Democratic base, cut into Trump coalition: study New Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years MORE came in second, chosen by 15 percent of respondents. 

As the candidates jockey for votes, 62 percent of the economists surveyed say uncertainty about the national election is holding back U.S. economic growth. 

They diverge strongly on trade. 

While Clinton and Trump both oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, nearly half — 47 percent — of respondents said the United States should adopt the TPP in its current form.

Another 30 percent believe the U.S. should seek more favorable terms prior to ratification, and 6 percent say the U.S. should reject the TPP outright in its current form.

Progressive groups and liberals in Congress are urging President Obama to back away from his insistence that lawmakers pass the TPP before he leaves office. 

In addition, 65 percent of respondents indicate that trade policy under the next presidential administration and Congress "should become more open and free."

Only 23 percent favor the status quo, and just 9 percent want a more protectionist trade policy. 

Trump has said he would pull the United States out of the 12-nation TPP and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was completed more than two decades ago. 

The survey was conducted July 20 to Aug. 2.