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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July Survey Finds CEO Optimism On Economy Nearing Pre-Crisis Levels

Chief Executive’s July survey of 326 U.S. CEOs shows an increase in optimism about the 2021 economy. But the November election may be the monkey wrench.

Covid-19 Spikes CEO Involvement In Spending Decisions, New Study Finds

Investments carrying greater risk and increased scrutiny from board members and other stakeholders are both contributing factors.

As Economy Reopens In June, CEO Confidence Inches Up

A nationwide survey of CEOs conducted June 2-3 shows CEOs are growing more optimistic about business conditions over the coming months. But uncertainty remains. 

CEO Confidence Falls Again In May Amid COVID Crisis 

A survey of 300+ CEOs conducted in early May shows declining confidence in business conditions, even as economy reopens in many parts of the country and around the world. But there could be a silver lining. 

April Poll Finds CEOs Optimistic For Robust Recovery From Coronavirus Crisis

Our survey of CEOs, conducted in the first days of April, shows continued optimism about the future—despite big worries about the present.

CEOs Shrug Off Market Correction, Coronavirus As Short-Term Issues In Early-March Poll

Chief Executive Group's March survey finds CEOs remain confident about 2020 and beyond. They say reaction to coronavirus is overblown and economic indicators don’t give any reason to panic—yet.

CEO Optimism Surges in February, But So Do Election Worries

As one CEO put it: “Everything involved with the economy is dependent upon who is elected POTUS in November.”

CEOs Shrug Off Turmoil In Washington As Optimism For 2020 Continues To Rise

In spite of impeachment and ongoing tariffs, CEO confidence rises to the highest level recorded since last May.

CEOs Fear Washington Instability Could Trigger 2020 Recession

Political uncertainty, ongoing tariffs and scarcity of talent are forcing CEOs to delay investments and play it safe—at least for now.

Despite Political Uncertainty, Most CEOs Remain Optimistic About Business Climate For 2020

The failure to reach a deal with China is concerning, but overall, outlook remains positive, particularly among midsize and small-business CEOs.
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CEO CONFIDENCE INDEX

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.