Sixty percent of small business owners approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president, the highest approval rating number since CNBC and SurveyMonkey began its quarterly Small Business Survey in 2017.
Small business owners typically are a conservative-leaning group. Approval of Trump never has been below 51% in the almost three-year history of the survey. Support for Trump rose to 60% from 57% in the third quarter 2019.
Of the 60% who approve of the president’s performance, 39% strongly approve. Forty percent of small business owners disapprove of his performance, 34% strongly. Ninety-three percent of Republican business owners approve of Trump, while 86% of Democrats disapprove. Among Independents, 37% approve while 62% disapprove.
The fourth-quarter CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey was conducted Nov. 12–18, 2019, among a national sample of 2,081 self-identified small business owners ages 18 and up.
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