NJBIA's Public Policy Forum: The Road to Recovery REGISTER

Gallup’s ongoing poll of people’s confidence in 15 American institutions indicates a broad respect for the nation’s small business owners.

In a poll published yesterday, small businesses were second only to the U.S. military in the percentage of respondents saying they had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence.

Sixty-seven respondents said they had a lot of confidence in small businesses and another 26 percent said they had some confidence in them. Only 6 percent said they had little or none.

The military inspires a lot of confidence for 74 percent of respondents and only 5 percent have little or none.

Small businesses fared much better the big business, which was one of six institutions that had a negative confidence score: 25 percent said they had a lot of confidence while 30 percent said they had little or none.

Big businesses were followed by the presidency, newspapers, the criminal justice system, and television news. Congress was dead last again.

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