CEOs who responded to Chief Executive’s July CEO Confidence Index survey overwhelmingly plan to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“If Hillary takes office as president, then the United States is dead,” one CEO said. “Four more years of anti-business, after the most recent eight years, will put America on the path of no return.”
When looked at by company size, the percentage of potential Trump voters jumps to 80.8% for large companies, compared with 66.7% for upper middle-marketers and 69.0% for lower middle-marketers, with just 64.3% of CEOs for small companies saying they’ll vote for Trump.
Conversely, the reverse happened with Hillary Clinton. Large company CEOs had a lower percentage of Clinton supporters than middle-market and small companies did. Small-business CEOs were Clinton’s strongest followers, with 25% saying they’ll vote for the former secretary of state.
Of concern is the fact that, overall, 14% of respondents said they would refrain from voting.
Numbers do not add up to 100% due to rounding.