With less than 50 days remaining until the 2016 presidential election, national polls aren't the only sign the race is tightening between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The possibility of a Trump victory, although still small, has risen among U.S.-based business leaders, while expectations that Clinton will assume the presidency have fallen.
In July, 90 percent of U.S. respondents to the CNBC Global CFO Council Survey predicted a Clinton win, but the latest survey, which included responses from 25 U.S.-based CFOs, saw confidence in the Clinton campaign decline by approximately 10 percent. Trump's chances of a win doubled, reaching 20 percent. The number of individual chief financial officers who think Trump will win the presidency rose to five — a high for Trump. In the previous survey, only 2 CFOs said they expected Trump to win.