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Survey: Small Business Owners Leaning Toward Romney

National survey suggests Romney set to capture large majority of vote from small business owners.

A recent survey by a Manta, an online business directory, suggests that a majority of small business owners plan to support Mitt Romney in November's presidential election. 

The survey of nearly 2,000 small business owners across the country found that, by a margin of 61-26 percent, the business owners intend to vote for the Republican nominee over President Barack Obama. 

Michael DeLuise, the president of the Melville Chamber of Commerce, told Patch that "a good president should initiate and support federal programs designed to draw, enhance and retain business for the entire nation.

"I believe business owners are disillusioned and looking for a better answer," DeLuise added. "That doesn't necessarily mean they want Romney or Obama. Our system only allows us to decide between two candidates. When pushed, business owners will vote for the candidate they feel will help them the most. At this time in the election process that candidate appears to be Mitt Romney but a lot will happen over the coming weeks."

The Manta survey was conducted before the Republican and Democratic conventions and 40 percent of respondents said that what was said at the conventions with regard to addressing small business needs would influence their vote. 

DeLuise said that small business owners are looking for someone who is willing to create "a partnership between business and government in a quest for success," something DeLuise said is now lacking. 

"Business owners are smart people," he said. "They work hard for their success. Over the coming weeks they will be doing what all American voters will be doing - trying to listen beyond the rhetoric and name calling to answer the question of who will be the right choice for president in this November's election."

Are you a small business owner? What do you think of the survey results and who will you support for president?

Michael Turo September 11, 2012 at 02:28 AM
@jame.... do you know that over 80 percent of the media is either democrat or voted for obama in 2008? so when an un biased source makes claims contradicting those of MSNBC i tend to give more value to them. And Romney does not believe in Obama care, in specific the government mandate. They believe this to be unconstitutional. but healthcare does need reform and nobody said every part of obamacare is useless. actually obama got some ideas from romney care in Mass. Which is allowed because it is a state right not a federal. but obamacare as a whole is what he wants to repeal, and in turn put in a better system.
confectioner September 11, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Small business is defined as what exactly? It conjures up family businesses connected to the local community but the definition is often drevied from tax status. There are billion dollar partnerships like the Koch brothers who qualify as "small businesses" because ironically enough they are not corporations which we famously know "are people my friend".
Cathy Miller September 11, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I own a small service business in NJ. For years we have been giving our employees health insurance at a 60/40 split pre-tax dollar. Previously, I was only allowed to deduct my own healthcare costs. Under Obamacare, we will now be allowed to deduct the 60% we put into our employees' healthcare. I am pretty excited about that. And yes, I will be voting for Obama again.
Vito September 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
So what is your point? Many "small businesses" are just that. Are you suggesting they all be handled a certain way because a few may be faking their small business status?
Seadog24 September 12, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Help Support the 1%, Vote for Romney and the Empty suit Ryan....

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