Poll: Small businesses want government out of the way
By Bernie Becker - 01/18/12 01:48 PM ET
The vast majority of small-business executives think the country is offtrack — and that government needs to get out of the way, according to a new poll commissioned by a leading business advocate.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey found that small businesses are particularly worried about government regulations and fear that the healthcare law and other legislation will impede their efforts to hire new workers.
In all, 85 percent of the small-business executives said the United States is on the wrong track, with roughly eight in 10 saying they would rather the government simply step aside rather than try to help them.
Roughly half of the small-business executives also said regulations are a bigger threat to them than either taxation or litigation.
The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive in late December, comes as Republican lawmakers — and presidential candidates — have slammed President Obama and Democrats over regulations, saying the government has been stifling job creators.
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