Business Owners Are Politically Active But Misunderstood: Survey

National Small Business Association report on Politics of Small Business
Most small business owners engage in political activity yet feel misunderstood, according to a National Small Business Association survey.


Despite being among the most politically active, small business owners say they are misunderstood and often overlooked by lawmakers, according to a study released today by the National Small Business Association, a nonpartisan nonprofit.

About 97 percent of small business owners surveyed said they vote in national elections, while voter turnout overall was 57 percent in the 2008 presidential election, the study said. Many business owners go further, with the survey indicating three of four have contacted elected officials about a small business issue.

But 62 percent of respondents said the U.S. political system doesn’t serve their business needs, and 58 percent said they aren’t well represented by nationally elected officials. While the National Small Business Association reports some 70 million people in the United States either own or work for a small business, representing one in three voters, most survey respondents said Congress and the administration simply don’t understand small business.

Most respondents said economic and fiscal issues are of greatest importance in determining how they vote.  The poll was conducted online in October. For the full report, click here.