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Survey: Americans Like Small Businesses

Sunday, August 12, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ester Venouziou
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Good news, small businesses! A recent survey finds that almost 90 percent of  Americans have a "somewhat favorable" or "very favorable" view of small businesses. That compares with just over 65 percent for major companies and only 41 percent for the federal government.

Among the other results from the second annual Public Affairs Pulse survey, commissioned by the Public Affairs Council and released July 31:

  • Fifty-eight percent of Americans have little or no trust in the government to solve the country's major problems.
  • Seventy-two percent of Americans would like to see business help provide community services such as food banks and job training for the poor.
  • Seventy-six percent say too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few large companies.
  • Sixty-three percent think major companies make too much profit.
  • On the lobbying front, 81 percent support lobbying to protect jobs, 78 percent support lobbying to open new markets, and 71 percent support lobbying to create a level playing field.

The survey, conducted June 20-July 11 by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, is based on telephone interviews with 1,750 adults.

To compare trends, check out the 2011 Public Affairs Pulse Survey



Ester Venouziou is founder of, Tampa Bay's most active advocate for locally owned and operated businesses. Membership is open to shoppers, businesses, artists and non-profits.