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Small Business Owners Feel Optimistic about Their Businesses, Yet Bleak on the Economy for the Remainder of 2015

A majority (71%) of small businesses owners feel positive about the current state of their business, yet concerns remain about the economic outlook through the end of the year, according to the U.S. Small Business Economic and Political Sentiment Survey conducted by Endurance International Group. More than half (52%) of small business owners still cite the health of the economy as the most important issue to their business.

When it comes to Washington, a majority (72%) of small business owners do not feel that the current group of Presidential candidates is addressing issues important to small business, and those surveyed were essentially split on which party they feel best represents small business – with the Republican Party at 24% and Democratic Party at 23%.

“With global stock market volatility and general economic unease around the world, small business owners are looking for our leaders in Washington to prioritize small business issues, and the Presidential candidates should take note,” said Endurance CEO and Founder, Hari Ravichandran. “Small businesses don’t feel their needs are being adequately addressed. It is critically important that we encourage their growth and innovation.”

As for the Presidential candidates, when asked about their thoughts on who would be the most effective leader on issues important to small business, small business owners selected Donald Trump the highest-ranking Republican candidate at 23% and Bernie Sanders the highest-ranking Democrat at 18%.

Endurance’s U.S. Small Business Economic and Political Sentiment Survey provides insights and perspectives on small business owners’ views on the economy, policy issues, and the current field of Presidential candidates. The survey was conducted between Aug. 24-31, 2015, and surveyed 1,263 U.S. small business owners, all of whom use Endurance’s web presence solutions. For purposes of this survey, small businesses are defined as employing 10 or fewer people on either a full-time or part-time basis.

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