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 and reported on by TV and media outlets throughout the world.

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CEOs, CFOs Predict ‘Red Wave’ In Congress and Strong Inflation for 2022 In New...

Dow 40,000? GOP Congress? Inflation soaring? We asked America’s business and finance chiefs to roll out the crystal ball for the year ahead. Here’s what they see.

CEO Confidence Falls To Decade Low, But Few Predict Recession

Chief Executive’s June survey of 278 U.S. CEOs shows leading confidence indicator now at 5.5/10, the lowest reading in nearly a decade. Majority forecasts worsening conditions in the year ahead, though not a recession.

In Poll, Majority of CEOs Say Hybrid Work Is Here to Stay for 2022....

Almost all the CEOs we surveyed in May say they will work in at least partially hybrid mode for the rest of the year—versus just 7 percent who said they'd be fully remote.

May Poll Finds CEO Optimism At Lowest Level In Almost 6 Years

Amid historic inflation, choked supply chains, rising interest rates and an unending battle for talent, CEOs are increasingly worried about the year ahead.

CEOs See ‘No End in Sight’ To Current Cybersecurity Challenges

More CEOs say the war in Ukraine has affected their companies’ cybersecurity than anything else, and a whopping 85 percent of them see it as a prolonged challenge, “with no end in sight.”

April Poll Finds CEO Optimism At Lowest Level Since Fall 2016

Inflation, supply chain snarls and increasing concern about a recession push CEO confidence to its lowest level since the Clinton v. Trump election. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine became the tipping point.”

March CEO Confidence Index Finds Leaders Split Over Outlook

Chief Executive’s March CEO Confidence Index poll shows equal proportions of CEOs now forecasting improving and deteriorating business conditions for the year ahead.

CEO Confidence Index: Proportion Of CEOs Planning To Increase Hiring Highest We’ve Seen

Chief Executive’s February CEO Confidence Index poll shows a record number of CEOs plan to increase their hiring over the coming year, but, their confidence in future conditions dropped on worries over interest rates, inflation and instability.

CEO Confidence Jumps At Start Of 2022

Chief Executive’s January CEO Confidence Index poll shows growing CEOs optimism about future business conditions, with their rating hitting a six-month high.

CEO Optimism Ticks Up In December

Chief Executive’s December CEO Confidence Index finds a slight increase in optimism, although most of America’s business chiefs say they don’t anticipate conditions to improve much in 2022.
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New Poll: CEOs Find Challenges In Using Customer Data To Drive Innovation

Ability to harness and sort through data for meaningful insights remains a hurdle, many say. “The key is...finding what is actually relevant.”


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August Poll Finds Surging CEO Optimism About A Potential Recovery In 2023—Or Sooner

After four months of continuous decline, our CEO Confidence Index jumped this month, as CEOs report early indications that by this time next year, the country will be in a recovery. “Business is picking up, and our clients are looking beyond 2023.”