Small business owners tend to more Republican than the electorate at large, but the GOP doesn’t have a lock on these voters.
That’s one takeaway from an online survey of more than 1,800 small business owners conducted by the National Small Business Association. This organization isn’t associated with a particular political party, unlike the Republican-oriented National Federation of Independent Business or Small Business Majority, a reliable ally of Democrats. So it has no reason to skew its findings one way or the other.
When asked for their political party affiliation, 39 percent of the small business owners surveyed said Republican, 29 percent said independent and 22 percent said Democratic. The Tea Party was named by 5 percent and the Libertarian Party was named by 3 percent.
But more than 80 percent said they don’t vote a straight-party ticket, and economic and fiscal issues are more important than social issues or foreign affairs/national security issues in determining how they vote.
The survey found growing dissatisfaction with both the Republican and Democratic parties. When asked which party best represents you as an individual, 40 percent said neither party, compared with 38 percent for Republicans and 23 percent for Democrats. In 2012, 56 percent said Republicans.
A growing number of small business owners also said neither party best represents their business: 37 percent this year, compared with 26 percent in 2012.