CEO Confidence Index

The CEO Confidence Index is America’s largest monthly survey of chief executives. Each month, Chief Executive surveys CEOs across corporate America, at organizations of all types and sizes, to compile our CEO Confidence Index data. Survey results are released each month on ChiefExecutive.net and reported on by TV and media outlets throughout the world.

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CEO Optimism Again Climbs In April Amid Soaring Vaccination Rate

Chief Executive’s latest poll of U.S. CEOs finds growing confidence in the future of the economy; most now expect rising profits, revenue, hiring and capital expenditures in the coming months.

New Poll Shows CHROs More Optimistic Than CEOs For 2021, Except In Hiring

America’s HR chiefs are more confident than CEOs about prospects for business in the year ahead—with one very big area of difference.

CEO Optimism Plateaus In March Amid Rising Inflation Worries

Chief Executive’s latest poll of CEOs finds optimism holding steady on vaccine delivery and growing demand—but increasing concerns over inflationary risk and Biden’s economic policies have dulled the outlook.

Shifting Into Growth Gear

A survey of more than 250 CEOs shows business leaders are bracing for unprecedented growth in a post-Covid world—and a newly released report shows how they’re planning to achieve that.

CEO Optimism Climbs to Multi-Year High In February

Chief Executive’s latest poll of 302 CEOs finds confidence in future business conditions in the U.S. at its highest level since 2018—but concerns remain.

CEO Confidence Continues To Climb In January

Chief Executive’s latest poll of more than 230 CEOs finds optimism in 2021 business conditions on track and steady after the tumult of 2020.

CEO Confidence Rebounds In December To Pre-Election Levels

Chief Executive’s latest poll of more than 250 CEOs finds optimism in 2021 business conditions back on track after plunging in November in the immediate wake of the election.

CEO Optimism Drops In November Amid Election Results And Covid Spike

A new poll of more than 200 chief executives finds deep concern over the incoming Biden administration—and the dangerous direction of the pandemic.

CEO Optimism For 2021 Plateaus In October Amid Contentious Election And Covid Uncertainty

Chief Executive’s October polling of nearly 500 CEOs finds CEOs cautious on the eve of the Presidential election.

CEO Confidence In 2021 Economic Recovery Strengthens In September

In a survey of more than 600 CEOs, 4 out of 5 forecast a positive business environment by this time next year—if a vaccine is found and the presidential election goes off smoothly.
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CEO CONFIDENCE INDEX

CEO Optimism Falls Back To Pre-Vaccine Levels

Chief Executive’s latest poll of U.S. CEOs finds mounting economic concerns suppressing CEO optimism for growth and recovery.