CEOs Favor McCain 4 to 1: Survey

Last Updated Oct 9, 2008 12:46 PM EDT

mccain.JPGJohn McCain is the hands-down preference for president among chief corporate executives, according to a recent survey by Chief Executive magazine. Democratic hopeful Barack Obama fared miserably in the survey which showed a 4 to 1 preference for the Arizona senator.

In fact, 74 percent of the 751 CEOs surveyed believed Obama would be a disaster for the country.

McCain didn't get overall high marks, however. According to the survey, McCain rates only a B minus grade. He got high marks for foreign policy and defense, but only a C plus on energy, education and environment.

Obama got an overall C minus grade with his tax proposals drawing the most doubt. Economics, foreign and defense policies all ranked D plus. Obama got his best marks, C plusses, in environment and education. Energy got a C minus.

CEO surveys can be fickle, however. In general, CEOs favored George W. Bush but just after his 2004 re-election he was getting overall C minus scores.

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