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 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.

CEO Optimism Ticks Up In August, As More Businesses Predict A 2021 Recovery

A survey of nearly 500 U.S. CEOs shows an increasing number of companies planning for renewed growth in the months ahead—if the nation comes together to overcome the challenges of Covid.

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.
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CEO CONFIDENCE INDEX

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.