Newt's Their Budget Man

Which political leader gets the most credit from Corporate America for trying to achieve a balanced budget? House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), according to a May 19-23 survey conducted for BUSINESS WEEK by Louis Harris & Associates. Gingrich got "excellent" or "pretty good" marks from 65% of 408 senior executives polled. Next came Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) at 55%, followed by Texas Senator Phil Gramm (38%), California Governor Pete Wilson (22%), and Texas billionaire Ross Perot (16%). Last of six politicians listed on the survey: President Clinton. Just 11% gave him positive grades, while 88% rated him as "only fair" or "poor."

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