NEW YORK -- Business leaders see the U.S. economy's health as, well, not so good, according to a new survey by the operator of the New York Stock Exchange.
Of public-company chief executives who took part, 89% see the economy as poor or fair, while 88% of small-business CEOs have a similar view, according to the survey by NYSE Euronext.
Still, pessimism at the top has steadily decreased since 2009, when 99% of public-company CEOs saw the economy as fair or poor.
In 2007, when the economy peaked and the real-estate bubble burst, only 16% of the execs had a negative read in the survey. So maybe a sour reading indicates there's not a crisis or recession looming?