CIO Magazine Poll Shows Tech Execs

Tucson, AZ–February 1, 2000–A new CIO KnowPulsesm poll, conducted by IDG’s CIO magazine, shows technology executives are unimpressed by the tech expertise of the presidential candidates. When asked which presidential candidate is best suited to lead during the most technology-enlightened era in history, nearly one-third (31%) of business and technology executives said none of the candidates are tech-knowledgeable. The balance of the respondents split their choice between Al Gore (D-TN) with 24%, George W. Bush (R-TX) with 16%, Malcolm S. "Steve" Forbes (R-NJ) with 12%, John S. McCain (R-AZ) with 9%, William "Bill" Bradley (D-NJ) with 6% and Alan L Keyes (R-MD) with 1%.

However, when asked for whom they would vote if the presidential election were held today, these same executives made decidedly different choices. Forty-two (42%) of respondents say they would vote for Bush, followed by endorsements for McCain (21%), Gore (13%),

Bradley (12%), Forbes (5%) and Keyes (2%).

The poll of 191 chief information officers (CIOs) and business executivesthe most technology-savvy individuals in the worldwas deployed January 31, 2000, at The CIO Enterprise Value Retreat in Tucson, AZ. "During this age of digital enlightenment, it’s interesting to note that the most digitally enlightened individuals are making presidential choices based on non-technology issues," says Lew McCreary, Editorial Director of CIO Communications, Inc. "Technology expertise is vital to business strategy and success, yet as a political platform or issue, it clearly does not carry the same weight–..not yet, anyway."

Poll Results:

As the next U.S. president will take office during the most technology-enlightened era in history, which presidential candidate do you believe is best suited to lead in this new economy?*

24% Albert "Al" Gore Jr. (D-TN)

16% George W. Bush (R-TX)

12% Malcolm S. "Steve" Forbes, Jr. (R-NJ)

9% John S. McCain (R-AZ)

6% William W. "Bill" Bradley (D-NJ)

1% Alan L. Keyes (R-MD)

0% Gary L. Bauer (R-VA)

2% Other

31% None of the candidates are technology-knowledgeable

If the Year 2000 Presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote?

42% George W. Bush (R-TX)

21% John S. McCain (R-AZ)

13% Albert "Al" Gore Jr. (D-TN)

12% William W. "Bill" Bradley (D-NJ)

5% Malcolm S. "Steve" Forbes, Jr. (R-NJ)

2% Alan L. Keyes (R-MD)

0% Gary L. Bauer (R-VA)

5% Other

CIO Communications, Inc. was formed in 1987 to help chief information officers (CIOs), information technology (IT) executives and other senior management executives succeed in their enterprises through the use of information technology. In addition to publishing the award-winning CIO magazine, the company also produces the Web site and develops and produces CIO Executive Programs–a series of face-to-face conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government executives who want to expand their knowledge of technology, business management issues and innovative products and services.

CIO Communications, Inc. is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at

* May not add up to 100% due to rounding.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Complete results from the February 2000 CIO KnowPulse poll will be released on Wednesday, February 3, 2000.

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