Small Firms Express Economic Confidence in McCain

Small businesses believe Republican presidential nominee John McCain is better prepared to manage the economy than Democratic rival Barack Obama, according to an informal poll released today from

Fifty-four percent of respondents bank on Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) when it comes to the economy while 36 percent said the same of Obama.

Ninety-three percent of respondents said they intended to vote in the presidential election in November and 49.9 percent said they would vote for McCain versus 35.2 percent who favored Obama.

Fifty-three percent think Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) has made better use of the Internet in his campaign and 49 percent say Obama has a better understanding of how the Internet can help small businesses.

Fifty percent said McCain would take more actions to protect small businesses online by combating security breaches versus 37 percent expressing the same confidence in Obama.

"At we work with almost one million small business customers who rely on the Internet to operate and grow their businesses. Small businesses are a large, technology-using segment of the population and we want to make sure their voices are heard in the upcoming election," said CEO Larry Kutscher.

The Customer Opinion Poll was conducted as an informal survey of customers between Aug. 23 and Sept. 4. is a domain-name registrar many businesses use to register their Web sites. Responses were received from more than 700 customers and 90 percent of them identified themselves as small businesses. An online survey provider collected the results, which where tallied based on complete responses. says it does not endorse either candidate.

By Sharon McLoone |  September 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET Economy Watch , Election 2008
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Boy - if McCain wins, I do not think small businesses realize what we are in for.

Posted by: Sparky | September 20, 2008 1:18 PM

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