Weekly Pulse: 60 Percent of Men, Half of All Women, Say the Economy is Strong


Americans see small business as a major part of the economy in JCN/ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Tracking Survey

Washington, DC – With only three weeks remaining until the mid-term election, a solid majority of Americans say the economy is excellent or good, while only 10 percent say it’s poor, according to the Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Pulse, released today.

“The economy is very strong and most Americans know it,” said pollster Scott Rasmussen. “Republicans have been trying to make this election a referendum on the economy. Democrats have been trying to make it a referendum on some of the controversies surrounding President Trump. In three weeks, we’ll see which strategy was more effective.”

The Pulse also found that strong majorities of Americans view small business as a major part of the economy.

“Lots of other research shows that Americans care about small business, and that they respect small business owners. What we’re finding in this data is that Americans also have a solid understanding of where small business fits into the economy,” said Elaine Parker, President of the Job Creators Network Foundation.

Sixty-eight percent of Americans know, for example, that small business creates two-thirds of all new jobs. Almost three quarters know that small business employs 60 million workers, which is nearly half the entire US workforce.

Americans seem to be paying close attention to how public policies affect small businesses as well. When asked about the impact of Obamacare, for example, 62 percent understand that the law has reduced the number of small firms that offer insurance to their workers.

“Healthcare is the top issue in this campaign, according to a lot of surveys, and almost two-thirds of Americans know that Obamacare has made it harder for small employers to offer coverage. That’s significant, and we’ll see in a few weeks how that motivates voters.”

The top line research is below. The crosstabs are attached. Click here to view the entire report. For more information about Job Creators Network, please visit www.jobcreatorsnetwork.com.

1. How would you rate the U.S. economy today?
13% Excellent 42% Good 31% Fair 10% Poor 4% Not Sure

2. Is the economy getting better or worse?
39% Better 19% Worse 32% About the Same 9% Not Sure

3. Okay, how would you rate your own personal finances these days?
9% Excellent 40% Good 34% Fair 15% Poor 1% Not Sure

4. Are your personal finances getting better or worse?
31% Better 16% Worse 51% About the Same 2% Not Sure

5. Are companies in your area more likely to be hiring new workers or laying off existing workers?
47% Hiring New Workers 15% Laying Off Existing Workers 37% Not Sure

6. Small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs in America – Please indicate if you think the following statements are true or false:
68% True 32% False

7. 59 million Americans work for a small business – Please indicate if you think the following statements are true or false:
74% True 26% False

8. Nearly half of all workers are employed by a small business – Please indicate if you think the following statements are true or false:
59% True 41% False

9. The number of small businesses offering health insurance to employees has gone down since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as Obamacare) – Please indicate if you think the following statements are true or false:
62% True 38% False

10. Compared to previous years, the number of small businesses being created has been growing at a faster rate over the past two years – Please indicate if you think the following statements are true or false:
63% True 37% False