National Poll: Nearly Half of Small Businesses Believe America’s Best Days Are Behind It

03.30.2012


Nearly half (46 percent) of small businesses believe America’s best days are behind it, according to a Small Business Opinion Poll conducted by ORC International and commissioned by workers’ compensation specialist EMPLOYERS. Similarly, small businesses share negative feelings about Washington D.C., with 82 percent agreeing the federal government should get out of their way and 72 percent agreeing federal taxation, regulation and legislation make it harder for small businesses to hire more employees. 
 
Though many small business decision-makers are decidedly pessimistic about the U.S. economy and legislation coming out of Washington D.C., the poll shows that they maintain a more positive outlook about their individual circumstances with 65 percent believing their businesses are headed in the right direction. The poll also found that only 39 percent of small businesses feel their best days are behind them compared to the 46 percent who believe the national economy’s best days are behind it.
 
The study surveyed 501 owners or managers of small businesses with 1 to 99 full-time employees. Data was collected through telephone interviews during the period of Oct. 6 – Oct. 13, 2011 at the 95 percent confidence level. The sample is stratified across business size and industry grouping, including manufacturing/construction, transportation/ communication, wholesale/retail, financial services, or personal/professional services businesses.
 
About Employers Holdings, Inc.
Employers Holdings, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers' compensation insurance and services focused on select small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries. The company, through its subsidiaries, operates throughout the U.S. Insurance is offered by Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company, all rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co. Not all insurers do business in all jurisdictions.

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