US Presidential Election 2016: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton get the vote from mergers and acquisitions experts, according to new research

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Mergers and acquisitions experts would most like to see Donald Trump walk into the White House, with Hillary Clinton a close second, according to new research.

Research from Brunswick Group found that from a dealmaking perspective, Trump would be the best electoral outcome.

In a year when Presidential hopefuls have rhetorically come down on big business, results were mixed on which candidate would represent the best outcome for deal-making and corporate interests, Brunswick said.

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Still, when asked "which candidate would represent the best outcome for deal-making and corporate interests", 22 per cent of North Americans polled by Brunswick pointed to Trump.

But Trump was followed closely by Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.

Clinton garnered 21 per cent of votes from the experts polled, while John Kasich took 19 per cent.

Ted Cruz got a mere three per cent of support from the M&A experts.

Brunswick polled 140 M&A experts in North America, Asia, and Europe.

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Interestingly, experts based outside of the US were less divided about who would serve corporate interests best, as Clinton was backed by a third of them.

The poll comes against an expected decline in activity next year.

“After two consecutive years of high-volume global merger and acquisition activity, 70 per cent of leading US dealmakers surveyed expect a decrease in North American activity this year due to economic conditions and wobbly stock markets,” Brunswick Group said.

Though others do not think Trump has the credentials for economic success. The Economist Intelligence Unit today reported that Donald Trump was sixth on the list of global risks, due to his hostility to free trade.