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Gingrich Overtakes Romney as CEO Favorite

In September, Chief Executive began its monthly political polling of its CEOs. With the 2012 election getting closer, and an increasingly uncertain economy, CEO support is important for any candidate. For the fourth month in a row, Mitt Romney has topped the CEO list as the candidate most likely to be able to turn the U.S. economy around. But who’s winning the CEO vote now? Newt Gingrich.

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Romney Has Highest Potential to Turn Around US Economy According to CEOs

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Most CEOs think Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate with the most promise of turning around the U.S. economy. Over 82 percent of CEOs ranked Romney’s potential to turn around the economy as ‘good’ or better. Just over 59 percent of CEOs think Romney’s closest competitor, Herman Cain, has ‘good’ or better potential to turn around the economy. Texas Governor Rick Perry fell from 65.8 percent to 48.9 percent positive potential from September to October.

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CEOs Prefer Romney as GOP Candidate, Cain Rising Fast

CEOs want Mitt Romney to be the Republican Party presidential nominee in 2012. Over 43 percent of CEOs would prefer to see Mitt Romney on the ballot vs. 25.6 percent who would prefer to see another CEO candidate, Herman Cain. Rick Perry's favor plummeted; only 5.1 percent of CEOs prefer the Texas Governor now, compared to 27.9 percent in September.

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85 Percent of CEOs Rank Obama’s Performance as ‘Weak’ or ‘Poor’

According to a recent Chief Executive poll, CEO approval of President Obama’s performance is even lower than his overall approval ratings. More than 85 percent of CEOs think that the president is doing a ‘weak’ or ‘poor’ job, with fully 60 percent of CEOs saying that the president is doing a poor job (giving him a score of 1 or 2 out of 10). Heading into an election year, the president is going to need to sway the opinion of CEOs if he’s going to find success.

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A National Addiction to Deficit Spending

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If you can afford a lobbyist and make campaign contributions, you can be immune from the tax collector and be assured your special interests receive federal funding. So how will this pattern of leadership affect Americans? Some warn that the dollar might fall even more sharply in value.

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The State of the States

Past surveys have distinguished a group of emerging leaders in corporate site selection. These days, the winners are Utah, Arizona, Texas, and Tennessee, but the competition is fierce. The battle for the business of businesses is intensifying. What can states do to make it into the top tier?

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Best/Worst States for Business 2011

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Texas reigns supreme for the seventh consecutive year in our annual Best and Worst States for Business survey. Over 550 CEOs ranked and graded the states on their overall business-friendliness. Rounding out the top three are North Carolina and Florida, while once again California landed at the bottom.

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