The beginning of December brought a change in CEO political sentiments; CEOs switched their favor from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich for the spot as the Republican party’s nominee. These votes, however, were cast before a recent cooling in attitude toward Gingrich.
When Chief Executive polled our CEOs on political preferences, we also asked them to choose who they would vote for in hypothetical elections versus President Obama.
An election between Herman Cain and President Obama would drive the most CEOs to vote for the incumbent president (19.0%), while an election between Ron Paul and President Obama would cause the most CEOs to abstain from voting altogether (18.9%).
Even though more CEOs favored Gingrich as the Republican nominee (38.8% vs. Romney’s 34.6%), it seems that Romney is the candidate who garners the most overall CEO support when slated against President Obama. A full 87 percent of CEOs would vote for Romney were he to make November’s ballot.
It will be interesting to see how these results change as election season nears, but here are the current standings:
Mitt Romney vs. President Obama
Would not vote:2.9%
Herman Cain vs. President Obama
Would not vote: 13.4%
Newt Gingrich vs. President Obama
Would not vote: 2.2%
Rick Perry vs. President Obama
Would not vote: 9.9%
Ron Paul vs. President Obama
Would not vote: 18.9%
Jon Huntsman vs. President Obama
Would not vote: 9.7%
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