Banking Industry’s Top Picks for President
Friends of Traditional Banking, a financial services political interest group with more than 15,000 members, published the results of a poll of top presidential candidates among industry stakeholders. The group surveyed more than 300 bankers across the country in August. Republican hopefuls claimed the top five slots. Senator Marco Rubio and Governor John Kasich tied for first place with 12.7 percent. Rubio has been a vocal critic of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) and Kasich has experience on the House Budget Committee.
Donald Trump came in third at 11.3 percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Governor Scott Walker tied for fourth place. The straw poll also asked participants about their top priorities in the presidential election. A significant 94 percent of participants agreed it was “important that the next president supports reforming the Dodd-Frank Act.” Nearly 80 percent agreed that it was “very important.”