JCNF Press ReleaseNovember 21, 2023

New Poll: Small Businesses in Early and Super Tuesday States Support Trump Over Biden by 2 – 1 Margin

Topline Result: 61% for Trump; 28% for Biden

Washington, D.C. (November 21, 2023)—Today, the Job Creators Network Foundation (JCNF) released a special October edition of its Small Business IQ Poll of 400 small business employers. This month’s poll only surveys small business owners in states with primary elections or caucuses held on or before Super Tuesday (March 5). The topline finding: 61 percent of respondents believe Donald Trump would do most to help Main Street while 28 percent say the same for Joe Biden.

When siloed by political affiliation and asked the same question, both Trump (55 percent) and Biden (51 percent) ran away with the win in their respective primaries or caucuses. The next closest candidates are Ron DeSantis (13 percent) and Robert F. Kennedy (22 percent). (The poll was taken before Kennedy switched his affiliation to “independent.”)

The popularity of each candidate among small employers is linked to policy preferences that align with the JCN American Small Business Prosperity Plan. It’s an eight-point policy blueprint to empower Main Street. For example, roughly 8 in 10 respondents are more likely to get behind a presidential candidate who supports reining in spending to reduce inflation, making it easier for small businesses to raise capital, and making provisions within the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent.

View more polling and crosstabs here.

Elaine Parker, President of the Job Creators Network Foundation, released the following statement: 

“Given small business owners are the drivers of the U.S. economy, their attitudes towards politicians are an important indicator to pay attention to. Entrepreneurs are more likely to support candidates they believe will boost job creation, pursue smart fiscal policies to improve economic conditions, and avoid strangling the private sector with government red tape. And when looking at this polling of who small businesses support, it’s not even a competition. Trump is beating Biden by a 2 to 1 margin.”