"I am favoring Kasich because of his willingness to work across the aisle, which I believe the stock market will be more comfortable with,'' said one of the 42 respondents. The responses to the political questions were pledged to be kept anonymous.
Kasich also was chosen as the best candidate for the stock market with support from 35 percent of respondents. Clinton followed with 22 percent and Trump was again third with 14 percent. Sanders received no votes and Cruz and Rubio were in the middle of the pack.
"Trump and Sanders would be worst for stock market," said another respondent.
In a campaign with a strong anti-Wall Street tone, lack of support from Wall Street may be a badge of honor for presidential hopefuls these days. Breaking up the big banks and criticism of the 2008 bank bailout have been standard fare on the campaign trail. Candidates like Sanders and Trump have sharply criticized big-money campaign donations and candidates associated with the status quo and party establishments have fared poorly. Yet Wall Street appears to be seeking just those qualities.