According to a new survey from Mantra, a social network that caters exclusively to small business owners, Donald Trump is the clear choice for those Americans who choose the entrepreneurial path. In a poll taken from September 26 to September 28, Mantra found that 60% of small business owners plan to vote for Trump in November. Only 40% say they will cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton.
When it comes to judging each candidate’s debate performance last Monday, the numbers were roughly the same. 58.7% of small business owners thought Trump was the winner while 41.3% picked Hillary. On which candidate’s tax policies they preferred, the result was 61-38 for Trump once again.
According to Mantra CEO John Swanciger, small business owners are paying close attention to this election.
“This year alone, we’ve seen updates to the minimum wage, overtime regulations, and continuing healthcare policy changes,” he said. “With such important issues on the line, we’ll likely see more small business owners tuning into the debates and showing up to polls come Nov. 8.”
For months, the Clinton campaign has been trying to tear Trump’s record as a successful businessman down, knowing that it is his strongest selling point. They’ve tried to confuse the issues, telling small business owners that because Trump didn’t always treat contractors according to a certain standard in his career, he will somehow be bad for small business owners as president. That makes for a punchy headline, but it doesn’t actually convey anything of value to voters.
Small business owners are not looking at Trump’s personal business dealings to determine their preference. They want to know how Trump’s agenda will benefit them as compared to Clinton’s. And when you put the two plans side by side, the choice is very clear.
On Obamacare, which has become an albatross around the collective neck of the small business economy, there are two very different paths. There is the Clinton path, which aims to strengthen and expand Obamacare, and there is the Trump path, which is to repeal and replace the law with a fairer, more competitive system.
On regulations, Clinton will expand and Trump will cut.
On taxes, Clinton will expand and Trump will consolidate and cut.
Clinton, like her predecessor, is only interested in one thing: Increasing the size and power of the federal government until no one is free from utter dependency. To anyone who understands the value and potential of the independent human spirit – a club that includes most small business owners – this is a vision of hell.