Running for office has never been a big thing with small-business owners, only 3 percent do, according to an NFIB poll on political participation.
But voting and talking politics are huge. “Disproportionately large percentages of small-business owners are registered to vote (95%), [and] usually do vote (84%),” the poll found.
“The most common public affairs and political activities in which small employers appear to engage include: initiating discussion(s) with an employee(s) regarding the impact of a policy issue on the firm and membership(s) in an organization(s) with a policy/political bent. … A sense of duty appears to be the prevailing attitude toward public affairs and politics. Ninety-six (96) percent believe that every citizen should participate, if only to vote. Eighty-two (82) percent agree that business owners are leaders, and leaders have a responsibility to lead in public affairs and elsewhere.”
With the May 20 Primary Election behind us, small-business owners should prepare for the November 3 General Election by doing what they do best: Educate the electorate. To help NFIB/Idaho has prepared a media kit
for reporters and editorial writers that members can also access for quick information about such things as:
- The size and importance of small business in Idaho
- The 5 distinctions separating small business from big business
- The power of the small-business vote
Small-business owners are the most respected group of people in America, and voters look to them for guidance on political issues.