For the third year in a row, the U.S. and China were ranked first and second among target countries for investment, with the United Kingdom rising this year to rank third.
The U.S. leads all countries among investors for confidence in its macroeconomic outlook, according to the report. Forty-six percent of those surveyed were more confident about the U.S. economy this year than last, and 44 percent expecting Gross Domestic Product growth in the U.S. of about 3.6 percent over the next three years.
Even political gridlock in Washington did not dampen investors' enthusiasm for the U.S., the report said.
First issued in 1998, the annual FDI Confidence Index offers an in-depth view of the sentiments of senior executives toward global investment, Kearney said.