Most of Ross Perot's counterparts in the boardrooms of America's biggest businesses would vote for President Bush if the November election were held today, Fortune magazine said in a poll released Wednesday.
The magazine said the poll in its June 15 issue, on newsstands Monday, covered a sampling of chief executives from the Fortune 500 industrial companies and the Fortune 500 service companies.
The results showed 78% would vote for Bush, 11% for Perot and 4% for the presumptive Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton. The remaining 7% were undecided. Perot is expected to announce his independent candidacy soon.
In addition, the poll showed that 30% of respondents had done business with Perot, and three-fifths of those liked the experience. But many also said his demeanor in dealing with other corporate executives did not necessarily translate into a political attribute.
"I don't think his slam-bang style would serve the country well from the President's office," Edward B. Brandon, chairman of National City Corp. of Ohio, was quoted as saying. "He would make a super benevolent dictator, but that's not our system."
The Fortune poll was conducted via telephone May 18-21. Fortune said of 450 CEOs contacted, 115 responded. The magazine did not provide a margin of error.