National Small Business Survey finds Deep Disappointment in Washington just Days Away from Election

Strong majority believes President and Congress Share Blame

October 29, 2014 −Small business owners are in a foul mood days before the 2014 midterm election and they think that Washington politics, and not general economic conditions, are to blame for the country’s problems, according to the first part of a two-part national survey released today by NFIB. 

“What was striking to me is that a strong majority of small business owners believe that the federal government, and especially the political atmosphere, is at the heart of the country’s economic problems,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner.  “They hold Washington responsible for the country’s economic problems.”

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Key Takeaways

  • 2 out of 3 small business owners believe that Washington has increased the overall level of economic uncertainty
  • 76% expect that either politics or regulations will make things worse for them
  • 6 in 10 small business owners believe there is too much uncertainty in the economy for them to grow
  • The most pessimistic businesses appear to be the smallest

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Download the complete poll (PDF)
Download the complete poll (PDF)

 

Quotes from Dan Danner, NFIB President and CEO

"What was striking to me is that a strong majority of small business owners believe that the federal government, and especially the political atmosphere, is at the heart of the country's economic problems. They hold Washington responsible for the country's economic problems."

"Virtually every candidate running claims to care about small business and yet there’s a clear sense among small business owners that Washington isn’t listening."

Dan Danner, NFIB's president and CEO
Dan Danner, NFIB's president and CEO

 

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