Government gets an overwhelming vote of no confidence from small business, according to a survey of 670 small business owners conducted online last October and released today by the National Small Business Association. NSBA members—who tend to represent older, more well-established small businesses—as well as non-members were polled.
The NSBA acknowledged that the survey sample was not representative of the at-large small business community: Respondents were largely Republican. And although 90 percent of those surveyed had companies with under 100 employees and more than 40 percent reported gross revenues of under $1 million, a disproportionately large number (42 percent) were from professional services and manufacturing businesses, from S-corps (40 percent), or at companies that generate more than $5 million in annual gross revenues (24 percent)—all much higher rates than a typical cross section of small business owners.
Nevertheless, the data reflect anecdotal evidence of broader
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