Capitol Report: To professional economists, Trump isn’t even the second best presidential candidate in the race

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Economists say Gary Johnson, left, is their No. 2 presidential candidate in terms of management of the economy.

Professional economists have such low regard for the Republican presidential candidate that a survey found Donald Trump wasn’t even considered the second best candidate in the race.

A survey of 414 economists by the National Association for Business Economics released Monday found 55% thought Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would do the best job of managing the economy. The Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, narrowly beat out Trump, 15% to 14%, with another 15% saying they don’t know.

Sixty-two percent of professional economists say uncertainty about the election is holding back growth.

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