By on April 2, 2008

large_mccain.jpgA recent survey of U.S. auto industry executives by law firm Dykema Gossett and reported in the Detroit News shows that the corporate office boys prefer John McCain for president. Seventy percent of the 46 executives polled chose McCain, although no candidate was seen as "pro-automotive." "Respondents do not broadly point to McCain as having a solid pro-automotive record," says the report. "Instead they tend to emphasize the anti-automotive and anti-business messages they associate with Clinton and Obama." The "most important issues" list is topped by energy policy, followed by tax increases and the green movement. Curiously, only 11 percent of respondents said state-by-state attempts to exceed federal automotive regulations were their top concern, although for many that may have fallen under the nebulous "green movement" issue. The most telling stat of all? Not a single respondent was optimistic about prospects for the industry, with a whopping 87 percent expressing a negative outlook. At least you can't call them completely oblivious.

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