For software engineering positions the answer is probably yes in most cases. This is assuming they actually know the difference. CS programs typical lack any sort of coverage related to designing complex software solutions. It's almost like asking if an employers would rather higher a physics major or a mechanical engineer.
Edit: I really think people need to reevaluate what you think is a good answer to this question. I think some of them are corner cases and/or not practical.
"Employers prefer individuals who they feel can get the job done to a high standard in a fast paced environment"
This statement is true, but you need to get your foot in the door first before you can be evaluated. Based solely on what degree you earned and baring any experience from internships and what not. I firmly believe that employers are going to look at SE first in most cases.
"So to answer the question directly, I would have no preference either way between CS or SE degrees."
Suppose you have 100 applicants, How would you filter them down to say 20?
" technical knowledge, attitude, personality, drive, etc" are nice qualities, but you are not going to determine those from a resume. The type of degree you have is definitely used as filter, especially if you have to submit a resume electronically as part of the application process. It is easy and fast. It's exactly the same thing as using GPA as filter. Yeah you might say it doesn't matter, but I can guarantee that the 3.5s are getting looked at more than the 3.0s
Someone noted that most people don't know the difference between the two. That is probably true, but many do and if you have a SE degree it broadens your exposer to those that don't know and to those that do.
Ultimately, if you want to be a developer a SE degree will open more doors for you. I am not saying that CS is restrictive in any way or that one is better than the other. What I am saying is that a SE degree will be more marketable in general in terms of finding a software engineer position. There are always exceptions.