Small Businesses: Economy, Ethics Guide Our Votes

by InvestorPlace Staff | September 18, 2012 3:34 pm

[1]Small businesses overwhelmingly see the economy and jobs[2] as the most important issue this presidential election, followed by ethical issues, according to data released today by the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and

More specifically, small businesses’ ethical concerns revolve around honesty and corruption in government. In the study, 40% of all small-business owners rated the economy and jobs as the most important issue to them. Ethical issues were most important to 14% of small-business owners.

Also interesting to note is that more small-business owners say President Barack Obama is more supportive of small businesses than Mitt Romney. However, more than a quarter of those surveyed said they were unsure who was more supportive of small businesses, and only 20% said that Obama’s health care policy helped their businesses.

Other key findings from the survey include:

For more information, check out the full results of the survey here[3], courtesy of

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor

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