The poll, conducted by Independent Voice, the IFA panel from Opinium Research, asked IFAs who they would most like to see as Chancellor and Cable was favourite with 39 per cent of the vote.
Conservative Shadow Chancellor George Osborne came second with 20 per cent while Bank of England governor Mervyn King was third with 14 per cent.
Enterprise champion and Apprentice star Baron Alan Sugar came fourth with 12 per cent followed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown with 6 per cent, Chancellor Alistair Darling with 4 per cent, BBC business editor Robert Peston with 3 per cent and consumer champion Martin Lewis with 2 per cent.
But when 2,119 members of the public were polled, Sugar came top with 31 per cent while 19 per cent chose Lewis and 16 per cent Cable. Brown got 11 per cent followed by Osborne with 8 per cent and Darling with 7 per cent.