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 Clinton Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts 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 John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 JohnsonThe 'Green' new deal that Tom Perez needs to make The Trump strategy: Dare the Democrats to win Trump challenger: 'All bets are off' if I win New Hampshire primary 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.