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Economists: Obama's policies 'fair' or 'poor'
Economists underwhelmed by Obama's policies, pick Romney over his Republican rivals
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' President Barack Obama gets mediocre marks for his handling of the economy, and Mitt Romney easily outpolls his Republican rivals in an Associated Press survey of economists.

The economy ' and who bears responsibility for it ' is likely to be a decisive issue when voters to go the polls next November.

Half of the 36 economists surveyed by AP rate Obama's economic policies "fair," while 13 call them "poor." Five of the economists give the president "good" marks. None rate him as "excellent."

Asked which of the Republican presidential candidates would do the best job managing the economy, two thirds of the economists name Romney.

The Iowa presidential caucuses begin Tuesday.

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