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Poll Results: Do You Think the Government Supports Small Business?

The Question:

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The U.S. government says May 11-18 is National Small Business Week. Do you think the government supports small business?

2% - The government is very supportive of small business.
9% - The government should do more to help small business.
89% - The government should get out of the way of small business. 
Jim’s Comments:

Over the past several years, a lot of people have had their hands out for help from the government; from GM, Chrysler, and AIG, to all of the big banks. Then there are the unions that rely on government defense for their very existence. Big corporations make billions of profits doing business with the government. And the number of Americans accepting financial welfare-type support from the government is at an all-time high.

But there is another group of folks out there that is about half the number of welfare recipients, who produce over half of the U.S. economy, and signs over 70 million paychecks every week: small business owners. So last week, during National Small Business Week, we asked this group in our online poll this question, “Do you think the government supports small business?”

A whopping 2% said, “The government is very supportive of small business.” And less than one-in-ten said, “The government should do more to help small business.” But those small business owners who believe the government should just “Get out of our way” came in at 89%.

What if every sector of America-and I’m not talking about the truly poor who really need our help-felt the same way small business owners do? I would like to see what that looks like, wouldn’t you?

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