If small business owners had their way, Gov. Mitt Romney would be the next president of the United States, a new survey shows. With less than three months until the election, the majority (61 percent) of small business owners say they plan to vote for Romney and only 26 percent say they plan to vote for President Barack Obama, a drop of 6 percentage points from May.
The further shift toward Romney reflects the belief by small business owners that Obama and the Democratic Party are not the best stewards of their interests. More than half of all small business owners (54 percent) said the Republican Party is the biggest support of small business, according to a survey of more than 1,900 of its small business members by Manta, an online community dedicated to small business.
Only 19 percent of owners cited Obama and the Democratic Party as the best support for small business. (More: Ryan Pick Reassuring, Small-Business Owners Say.)
Forty percent of those polled said their vote will likely be influenced by how the candidates address the needs of small business during the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions, offering a
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