“I have such a major distrust for government at this point,” lamented one small business owner in Florida. “I never was this skeptical in my whole life…There’s no accountability. They just say it to get elected and then they forget about it.”
One area where small business owners do see a role for Washington to help reduce the burden on businesses like theirs is in litigation reform. They see litigation increasing and contributing to their economic problems. For example, 71 percent say that a lawsuit or the potential for a lawsuit translates to increased costs that make businesses like theirs hold back on hiring.
There is near unanimity that “with the economy like it is, it would be more difficult for my company to absorb the additional costs, time and other issues related to a lawsuit” (92 percent agree, 73 percent strongly). These views cut across party lines among this audience, as more than 80 percent of Democrats, Republicans and independents share this sentiment.
Small business owners are mad at everyone -- regardless of party. This frustration at regulations, lawsuits and the economy could find an outlet this November.
By two-to-one, business owners say that it’s time to give a new person a chance in their congressional district, rather than that their own member of Congress deserves re-election --63 percent and 30percent, respectively. Fully 56 percent say that they would vote to replace every single member of Congress if given the opportunity.
It is clear that small businesses are fed up. With their perception of the economy so dire, and their own position so perilous, any steps that would help them grow and develop could send an otherwise teetering economy in the decidedly wrong direction.
Doug Schoen, a Democrat pollster, is a former advisor to President Bill Clinton, regular contributor to Fox News Channel and author of “Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System.”