Exclusive: Small business backs Obama, not Democrats: poll

September 20, 2011

The Obama administration has hurt small businesses but the president still leads in backing among current 2012 election candidates, a new survey found.

Some 63 percent of small businesses said the administration’s policies had been damaging to small business, while only 16 percent indicated they had benefited, according to the poll by Manta, an online community that promotes small business. Some 67 percent were highly unsatisfied with government, with only 2 percent highly satisfied.

Meanwhile, the survey, which queried more than 2,300 small business owners online between August 12 and 29, showed President Obama as the candidate with 21 percent of support, followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, with 14 percent; Texas U.S. Representative Ron Paul, also a Republican, with 11 percent; and Republican former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, with 9 percent.

“What’s happening now is that the individual plays as large a role as the party,” said Manta CEO Pamela Springer, adding that candidates “are trying to separate themselves even from their party, as there are so many independents out there. And the independent vote is very, very, very critical.”

Some 32 percent of owners polled in the Manta survey – the largest group – said none of the candidates supports small business, while smaller percentages backed Michele Bachmann, the U.S. Representative from Minnesota and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, both Republicans and Tea Party candidates.

The Republican Party still led in overall support by small businesses, with 23 percent backing, but the Democratic Party trailed by only 2 percentage points. The Tea Party had 17 percent of support, the poll said.

When asked what about policy priorities for politicians, 38 percent of those queried overwhelmingly indicated unemployment and job creation were their leading worry, while 17 percent said the budget deficit was of utmost concern.

In a separate but related poll of nearly 1,650 small business owners, conducted between Sept. 9 and Sept. 12, Manta found 68 percent of small business owners said they don’t have plans to hire, reversing the outlook from earlier this year, when more than half surveyed said they expected to add new positions.

“At the end of the day, it’s going to be, how can you help me find new customers and increase my revenue?” Springer said. “Whoever connects the dots is the person that is going to win.”

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So, when we select a republican candidate, then the support by small business for this candidate will be 49%, vs 21% with Obama. That makes sense – wow – this news service really knows how to spin one for the Obama camp.

Posted by tgtnft | Report as abusive

I read Obama’s 2 books, Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope, and voted for Obama. But never again will I vote for him.

He’s just not a fighter.

For a president, we need a fighter. Like Theodore Roosevelt, or Franklin Roosevelt, or Harry Truman, or Abraham Lincoln.

Harry Truman almost had a revolt in the Senate in 1951 when he fired General Douglas MacArthur, whose stature and power far surpassed any military man alive today. Obama is far too timid to confront the military in any significant way.

Obama wants too badly for everybody to like him. He’s a great guy, to be admired in many ways, but he’s not the kind of person to be a president.

We need a good man, but not Obama.

Posted by AdamSmith | Report as abusive

At least Obama is trying. The party of NO’s only solution is to give the richest American’s and Corporations more tax breaks. A failed philosophy. The Republicans are in for a shock in 2012.

Posted by xyz2055 | Report as abusive

The more the Republicans say “NO”, the more common folks understand who they really represent, the rich. Let me break something down for everyone who thinks that we have a bunch of free loading non tax paying lefties:

Rich people believe that 50% of our country doesn’t pay taxes…
1) The poor have no savings, everything they earn is spent, so they pay 8-9% sales tax on 100% of their earnings.
2) If you make more than is required for basic living, then you save (401k -not taxed if maturity is reached)
3) In the end we all pay taxes, so there are no free loaders.
4) I make good money, my company pays my health insurance, I have a HSA – health savings account (not taxed), I have a 401k(not taxed), and I don’t spend 100% of my earnings for basic food and shelter. Therefore, I pay less overall taxes than someone who makes less than 50K.

And if I hear the word “Job Creators” again instead of “The Wealthy”, I will never vote Republican, and I have voted for every sitting President since Reagan. The shell game has to stop and we all have to dig out of this. While we are at it, let’s refinance all ARM’s to Fixed APR’s using money we have already given to banks.

Posted by Spincabby | Report as abusive

@AdamSmith

Perhaps Obama got wind of Andrew Breitbart’s affiliation with “major named people in the US military” who “have his back” if things don’t go the Repubicans way or if any “union liberals cross the line”.

We don’t need anything more than the standing president to be supported by Americans and for cretins like Breitbart and the Fox News crowd to be drowned out by the voices of the majority of Americans who still hold to their sense of reason.

And if you ever were a supporter of Obama as you claim, what is your alternative? Vote for Rick Perry? Somehow I doubt it.

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive

What the poll shows is not so much who’s ahead in the horse race; they’re all trying to catch up with “None of the Candidates.” tgtnft’s interesting take on statistics and mathematics, notwithstanding, Republicans are preferred by two percentage points: not enough of a difference to be a slam dunk.

What the poll shows is that small business is not concerned about the deficit nearly as much as it is concerned with unemployment and job creation. This should be self-evident to anyone with the brains the Lord promised a duck. More jobs means more customers; more customers means more business; more business means more profits and more jobs that can be created in turn.

Main Street isn’t concerned about the deficit, Social Security or ObamaCare. Main Street is hungry and worried: it carers far more about jobs and paychecks happening immediately and that’s where both parties have failed America.

Posted by TexasBill | Report as abusive

Pretty much confirms what I thought – I don’t like Obama, and haven’t liked the Dems for a very long time, but I will not vote for any of the bunch the GOP has offered up for 2012, and no, Sarah Palin will not qualify as an alternative.

Posted by ARJTurgot2 | Report as abusive

When I hear these people complaining about the Republican’s saying “NO” it makes me think of a brat punching a needle in his/hers arm and the mother and father screaming for them to stop. Of course they believe someone else will pay this debt as well as take care of there drug problems. Borrowing money is like taking crack. Just can’t get enough of it. Just ask Obama.
“OMG” Obama Must Go.

Posted by ramsglen | Report as abusive

Is this a surprise to anyone? Polls done in 2010 showed over 80 percent of voters would, if they could, vote out the entire U.S. Congress in one shot. And seeing how our politicians in both parties behave, why wouldn’t they?

Posted by Sensibility | Report as abusive

I would submit that if given the alternative small business would back Obama and a Congress Democratic enough to make the GOP and their reflexive obstructionism a non-issue. How about putting that up in your next poll?

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive

90% of the small businesses contacted , which was 9 out of 10 selected from the DNC contributors list said they support Obama after being contacted by South Side Louie the 10th was on vacation…

Posted by MrFlippy | Report as abusive