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Q: Economist presidential endorsements ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Economist presidential endorsements
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: athomas24-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 07 Dec 2004 13:22 PST
Expires: 06 Jan 2005 13:22 PST
Question ID: 439490
This is a reposting of question # 338774 :

Since 1980, The Economist magazine has been endorsing US presidential candidates:

I would like to know which candidate The Economist endorsed in these
six elections and a citation of the article in which the endorsement

pafalafa-ga wrote that he had found several but not all. I'd like to
offer him/her $25 for the ones found.

Clarification of Question by athomas24-ga on 12 Dec 2004 11:05 PST
Can someone at Google tell me is pafalafa-ga is still a researcher there? 

I am increasing the price on this question to $40.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 12 Dec 2004 11:21 PST
Hello athomas24-ga,

Yep...I'm still here, just awfully busy with the holiday season.  I
did look for my original file from when you first posted this
question, but I couldn't find it buried anywhere.

I'll try to recreate what I originally did, and see if I can post an answer here.

Stay tuned...

Subject: Re: Economist presidential endorsements
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 13 Dec 2004 17:20 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

By searching the online archives of The Economist at, I
was able to identify their record of endorsements going back to 1988. 
I have listed these below.

Before rating this answer, please let me know if you need any
additional information.  Just post a Request for Clarification, and
I'll be happy to assist you further.




The incompetent or the incoherent? America's next president
30 October 2004
Our election endorsement 

With a heavy heart, we think American readers should vote for John
Kerry on November 2nd


Crunch time
4 November 2000

The Economist, if it had a vote, would choose George W. Bush


2 November 1996

Would we know with Bob Dole? It is hard to be sure. We choose him on
the assumption that the real Bob Dole is the one who spent three
decades on Capitol Hill, not this year's dubious character... That is
an awkward basis for an endorsement. But the choice is a lousy one.


Time to choose. 
31 October 1992

The Democratic Party, to be sure, has not yet proved that its new look
goes beyond Mr Clinton and his circle. But... He is intelligent; he is
diligent; he is energetic; he has grasped most of the issues, and
found persuasive solutions to some. He could mark an end to divided
government and could, if he used the presidency well, begin to bring
Americans, black and white, rich and poor, closer together. Despite
the risks, the possibilities are worth pursuing. Our choice falls on

[The editorial also remarks on the 1988 election]:  On past occasions
The Economist has sometimes joined in with American elections and
stated its preference; and it has sometimes opted out. In 1988, when
George Bush faced Michael Dukakis, we felt we could recommend


Beyond this, I did not find any earlier endorsements.  There may well
have been some, but perhaps the archives are not as complete in the
pre-internet years.

Again, let me know if there's anything further I can do to help.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 13 Dec 2004 17:21 PST
P.S.  I forgot to mention...I also checked general newspaper databases
to see if any newspapers or magazines made mention of an endorsement
by The Economist in the 1980's, but nothing turned up.
athomas24-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thanks! Nice job!

Subject: Re: Economist presidential endorsements
From: pafalafa-ga on 16 Dec 2004 06:35 PST
Thanks a lot for the kind words, stars and the tip.

Happy holidays!


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