SOURCE: Wall Street Reporter

January 03, 2008 12:39 ET

Wall Street Reporter Magazine's "Annual CEO Outlook" Survey Reveals Strong Opinions on the Financial Impact of 2008 Presidential Elections

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 3, 2008) - According to Wall Street Reporter Magazine's recent "2008 CEO Outlook" survey, 71% of public-company CEOs believed that the upcoming presidential elections will have a financial impact on their company. Most of those surveyed believe the type of impact on both their company and the financial markets would depend on which candidate or party were elected.

Forty-eight percent of those responding believe that the election of a Republican will have a positive financial impact on their company, with only 20% beleiving that the election of a Democrat would have a positive effect.

When asked which candidate, Republican or Democrat, would have the most "positive" impact on the financial market, 27% responded Mitt Romney, followed by John McCain with 18% and Rudy Guiliani with 14%. The highest scoring Democrat was Hillary Clinton with 13%.

When asked which candidate would have the most "negative" impact on the financial market, 36% of the CEOs surveyed selected Hillary Clinton. This was more than three times higher than the next closest candidates -- Democrats John Edwards and Barack Obama, and Republican candidate Mike Huckabee, all at 11%.

Overall, optimism for the economy in 2008 is mixed, though 47% feel their outlook has worsened over their expectations at the start of 2007, with only 16% stating their outlook has improved.

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