Businesswomen Split in Support of Presidential Candidates

Women entrepreneurs are just about split regarding their support for the presidential contenders with 43 percent supporting John McCain, 41 percent for Barack Obama and 17 percent undecided, according to a new poll.

Thirty-six percent of the 400 women business owners polled said that the economy is a major hurdle for their business and that they will consider it in the voting booth. Health care also was a priority, with 69 percent of respondents saying they would be more likely to support a candidate who favors offering tax credits to offset health care costs, while 56 percent supported small business health-care purchasing pools.

When asked which of the presidential candidates or their spouses they would choose as a potential business partner, 23 percent said they would choose Hillary Clinton, 18 percent chose Cindy McCain and 15 percent chose Michelle Obama. Their husbands didn't fare as well, with ten percent of respondents choosing John McCain, 7 percent choosing Bill Clinton and only 4 percent choosing Barack Obama.

Although the women polled said they "strongly believe" the country would be better governed if there were more women and business owners in elected office, seven of 10 said they would prefer to see their daughter become the president of her own company rather than the president of the United States.

The poll was conducted by Washington pollsters Celinda Lake, a Democrat with Lake Research Partners, and Kellyanne Conway, a Republican strategist with The Polling Company/WomanTrend. It was commissioned by business group Women Impacting Public Policy.

By Sharon McLoone |  August 22, 2008; 3:00 PM ET Data Points , Election 2008 , Polls
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