Survey of 900 Small Business Owners Shows Big Support for FairVote Reforms

Posted by Rob Richie on October 30, 2014
Small Business Majority is, in its own words "a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today." It has 14 offices in 10 states and Washington, DC, engages a network of 30,000 small business owners, and reaches an additional 400,000 entrepreneurs through  formal strategic partnerships with 110 business organizations.

That's a great group  of people to have as backers of electoral reform. Today, Small Business Majority  released the results of a September 2014 Internet survey of 900 small business owners: 400 nationally, and 100 each from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota,  Ohio and Wisconsin. The poll was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, with a margin of error of +/-3.3%.

The survey is worth reading in full, but here are two highlights for FairVote that are taken straight from the executive summary:

More than three-fourths (78%) of small business owners believe we should change our current election system to one that allows for multiparty representation, a system that could lead to election of parties other than the Republican and Democratic parties.

A majority of entrepreneurs (56%) are ready to change the way we vote for candidates by
eliminating primary elections and switch to ranked choice voting. With ranked choice voting, voters rank their choices—first, second, third and so on—instead of only choosing one candidate on the ballot. 

• More than eight in 10 (83%) small business owners favor a constitutional amendment requiring district boundaries be drawn by a non-partisan independent citizens’ commission of informed voters, rather than by elected officials. This constitutional amendment would also require that districts be drawn using neutral criteria so that one political party or politician is not favored over others. More than four in 10 (44%) strongly favor this step.

The respondents were: 48% Republican, 32% Democratic, 11% independent, 9% other or did not answer that question.

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