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  • Small businesses, big issues:Your concerns in the 2016

    presidential election

  • The 3 issues most important to small- business owners

    in this election

    1. Health care: 77%

    2. Government regulation and complexity: 71%

    3. Tax reform: 70%

  • What action would you like to see the next administration take on the Affordable Care

    Act? (ACA)

    health care reform

    Want the ACA repealed

    Want the ACA expanded27%

    38%

  • Is government regulation and complexity hurting your companys profitability

    and/or ability to grow?

    Government Regulation and Complexity

    Yes55%

    No34%

    Dont Know11%

  • Which proposed changes to the U.S. tax structure would benefit your business most?

    Tax Reform

    Closing tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy 53%

    Reducing the number of individual tax brackets and rates to 12%, 25%, and 33%, which also would apply to busi nesses operated on the proprietors personal income-tax returns as a pass-through, and establishing a top corporate tax rate of 15%

    47%

  • Minimum Wage Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25/hour?

    64% Yes 36% No

    Of those supporting a higher federal minimum wage:26% A minimum wage of $10/hour would not

    harm their business25% A minimum wage of $12/hour would not

    harm their business23% A minimum wage of $15/hour would not harm their

    business

    Other key issues for small businesses

  • Immigration 50% The current U.S. immigration policy has no impact on their companies profitability and/or ability to grow

  • Infrastructure47% The current condition of U.S. infrastructure (e.g., roads, bridges, broadband access) has no impact on their business profitability and/or ability to grow

  • How the candidates measure up to small-business owners

    The Candidate Who Best Represents the Interests of Small Business

    50% Donald Trump

    23% Hillary Clinton

    16% Dont know16%

    23%

    50%

  • If the Election Were Today, Who Would Get Your Vote?

    Donald Trump

    Hillary Clinton

    51%

    25%

  • Who Do You Think Will Win?

    39% Hillary Clinton

    32% Donald Trump

    26% Dont know

    32%

    39%

    26%

  • Party Affiliation

    40% Republican

    36% Independent

    21% Democrat21%

    36%

    About the Survey

    40%

  • Size of Business

    37% 1-19 employees

    31% 20-99 employees

    32% 100-500 employees

    31%

    37%

    26%

  • About the Paychex Election 2016 Small Business Survey

    The data included was taken from the results of the Paychex Election 2016 Small Business Survey, administered by Bredin. The survey was conducted

    online between September 21, 2016 and September 26, 2016 and polled 318 principals of U.S. companies with fewer than 500 employees.