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POLL RESULTS: As we remember the fallen on Memorial Day, how has your family been touched by military service to our country?

The Question:

As we remember the fallen on Memorial Day, how has your family been touched by military service to our country?

16% - We have lost family members in the line of duty.

32% - We have friends who have died in the line of duty.

5% - We have family who have been injured in the line of duty.


47% - Our family has a long history of military service.


Jim’s Comments:

Memorial Day has come and gone for 2015. But the memories we have of those who paid the last full measure for us, and the debt we owe to them, endures as long as America does.

Thanks to all who participated. Don’t forget to take our new poll below.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/poll/a07eb37fuy8iabuqseq/start.html?TEST_ONLY_RESPONSES_NOT_SAVED=t

Poll Results: Is the mainstream media biased and if so, does it impact how they report the news?

The Question:

Is the mainstream media biased and if so, does it impact how they report the news?

8% - The media are not biased and reporting is fair across the industry.


83% - The media are biased toward Democrats enough to influence their reporting.

6% - The media are biased toward Republicans enough to influence their reporting.
3% - The media seems to have a Democrat bias, but it does not impact reporting.

Jim’s Comments:

For many years, surveys of members of the media have revealed that the vast majority consider themselves liberals and, therefore, likely Democrats. Over the past thirty or forty years, these statistics, as our own polling seemed to indicate, have increasingly manifested as biased reporting.

And you don’t have to take my — or 83% of my audience’s — word for it. There have been a number of cases of high level bias so flagrant that sometimes jobs were lost and careers ended once exposed. In other cased jobs should have been lost but weren’t, like when CNN’s Candy Crowley became part of Team Obama in the 2012 debate she moderated against Romney.

More recently, the bias has been evident in the media’s failure to report on certain issues because it would have been negative toward one of their ideological causes or individuals. Like very little reporting on four dead Americans in Benghazi, while during the same period doing hundreds of reports on Gov. Christie’s Bridge-gate incident, which inconvenienced commuters.

More than a few observers have gone so far as to call the mainstream media corrupt. If this is true, and I wish I could argue with these people, America is the weaker for it. When you consider the state controlled media in Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea, it’s easy to see that an impartial media is essential to liberty and democracy.

RESULTS: How concerned are you about potential business damage due to racial tensions?

The Question:
How concerned are you about potential damage to your business due to racial tensions?

35% - Not concerned at all
49% - Not concerned in my market, but upset about owners who’ve been harmed
14% - Somewhat concerned and upset about owners who’ve been harmed
3% - Very concerned - if it can happen in Ferguson, it can happen here
Jim’s Comments:
As you can see, while most of us aren’t worried about being looted by racially-charged protesters, we do have empathy for those who’ve been harmed.

But we’ve got to stop acting like America has made no progress with race relations in the past half-century every time a single altercation happens. In America, where the rule of law is supposed to replace anarchy, how does what happened between Mr. Brown and Officer Wilson justify the destruction of neighborhood small businesses?

And shame on national leaders whose words and behavior give grievance-merchants license to incite riots that make collateral damage of innocent people, including Main Street business owners.

RESULTS: What should be the priority of Obama and the GOP?

The Question:
As President Obama and the Republican majority begin their work, what should be their priority?

24% - Fix Obamacare
10% - Immigration reform
27% - Reform the tax code
5% - Foreign policy
34% - I’ll take anything if they’ll just work together

Jim’s Comments:
It looks like the big interest is in Obamacare and tax reform.  But more of you just threw up your hands and chose “I’ll take anything, if they’ll just work together.” That sounds like an indictment to me. What do you think?

Sadly, from the looks of things this week, we’re going to get anything but working together.

RESULTS: What’s your experience with consumer confidence during the holidays

The Question: Photo credit to Spokesman
Some surveys indicate improving consumer confidence going into the holidays. What’s your current experience?

8% - Definitely increased customer activity and sales.
22% - Increased customer activity with some increase sales
56% - Customer activity and sales are about the same so far
14% - Our customer activity and sales have decreased.

Jim’s Comments:
We’ve been polling small business owners about the economy about four times a year since the Great Recession ended, and we’ve never been able to get more than a third of our respondents to say their economy was doing good or great. As you can see, last week’s poll was no different. Only about 30% said things were somewhat or definitely improving, with the other 70% saying the economy they saw was about the same or worse.
With the results of the recent election changing the power dynamic in Washington, it will be interesting to see if the response to this question will change in a few months. One thing is for sure, with the GOP in control of Congress and a Democrat in the White House, it will now be clear who to blame about any political issues that might negatively impact the economy. With the lines drawn as they now are, there’s no place to hide.

RESULTS: How do you feel about the taxes you pay?

The Question:
With the tax filling extension date coming this week, how do you feel about the taxes you pay?

69% - We pay too much in taxes, especially for what we get.
6% - We pay a lot of taxes, but it’s probably about right.
8% - Since we’re not profitable, we don’t play a lot of taxes.
17% - I would love to have enough profit to worry about taxes.

Jim’s Comments:
As you can see, almost 70% of our sample think we’re not getting an acceptable ROI on our tax dollars. Which is understandable, since the taxes small businesses pay represents precious capital that can’t be invested in the business. I’m going to have more to say about this in next week’s Feature Article.

Stay tuned and thanks for participating.  And be sure to take our new poll.




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