Nearly 50 percent of small business owners in key swing states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin) favored Republican challenger Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama, according to a survey released last week by Manta, an online small business community.
Despite Romney’s lead among swing state small business owners, Obama was narrowing the gap. The president was the choice for 38 percent of respondents, up six percentage points from a previous Manta survey released in May.
And while they may be leaning towards Romney, 56 percent of swing state voters still believed Obama would win the election.
Greg Garrick, Manta’s vice president of marketing and communications, said the majority of small businesses in these states feel Romney will “be their champion,” but noted that they “don’t believe he has enough power to overcome Obama.”