Poll: Small Firms Disgruntled with Feds
Small businesses say the federal government is not doing enough to help them, according to a new poll released Monday.
Sixty-three percent of the 400 participants said the federal government was "doing nothing" to help small firms while 23 percent said it's "doing little."
Seventy-eight percent said the economic stimulus checks did nothing to help their businesses and 81 percent feel that the United States is in a recession.
On politics, the poll showed that small businesses favor Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) over Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) by a margin of 38 percent to 21 percent, although about half of the respondents said they didn't know which presidential candidate would offer the best program for small businesses. Of the 400 respondents, 33 percent identified themselves as Republicans, 22 percent as Democrats and 37 percent as Independents.
Meanwhile, a new poll from U.S. Bank shows that 74 percent of Minnesota small business owners believe the economy is in a recession with nearly half of the businesses reporting lower revenues in 2008 than the prior year. However, most Minnesota small business owners also say that the availability of loans or credit has had a positive impact or no impact on their businesses. The poll surveyed 401 small business owners in the state last month.
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