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.

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.

CEO Optimism At Lowest Level Since Fall Of 2019

Chief Executive’s November CEO Confidence Index shows optimism among America’s CEOs on the decline, as their rating of business conditions one year out drops to two-year low.

CEO Optimism Falls To 12-Month Low In October

Chief Executive’s latest reading of CEO sentiment shows growing number of CEOs disillusioned with short-term economic recovery, as list of issues disrupting business continues to grow.

CEO Confidence Continues To Slide In September As Labor, Washington And Covid Worries Grow

Chief Executive’s latest poll finds U.S. CEOs increasingly concerned that labor shortages and Biden-era policies will stall chances to rebound from the pandemic.

CEO Confidence Falls In August To Pre-Vaccine Levels Amid Covid Spikes and Talent Shortages

Chief Executive’s latest poll of U.S. CEOs finds growing concern that a potential third wave of the pandemic, along with increasing taxes and inflation, will strangle the economy.
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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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In Poll, Majority of CEOs Say Hybrid Work Is Here to Stay for 2022. Full Virtual? Not so Much

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.