With only three weeks remaining until the mid-term election, a solid majority of Americans (55%) 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.
“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 focusing on health care and 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 (see question wording and crosstab results).
“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 national survey of 1,119 Adults was conducted October 15-16, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.