Gallup: Regulations are Small Business Owners' Number One Concern

A new Gallup poll of small business owners reveals that the primary problem for 22 percent of them -- as they see it -- is complying with government regulations. 

Adding those responders to the nine percent who answered poor government leadership and the five percent who picked Obamacare as their biggest problems, fully 36 percent of small business owners view the government as the cause of their biggest entrepreneurial headaches. 

Gallup also asked for (open-ended) answers to economic bad times:

When asked what they would need to see in order for their business to thrive in 2012, the nation's small-business owners are most likely to say growth in sales (15%), job creation (14%), and fewer government regulations (12%).

When it comes to cutting unemployment, only seven percent of responders listed tax credits as a primary motivation for hiring unemployed workers, whereas 64 percent listed some form of economic growth or prosperity as a reason for taking on new hires.

Politico points out the impeccable timing of the poll's release:

The survey came out as the White House tried to push back on claims that regulations are slowing down economic growth. “Two commonly repeated misconceptions are that uncertainty created by proposed regulations is holding back business investment and hiring and that the overall burden of existing regulations is so high that firms have reduced their hiring,” Jan Eberly, the Treasury’s assistant secretary for economic policy, penned in a blog post Monday.

Reason on small business and regulations here. See Reason.tv on the subject below.

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  • Jingles||

    That's some fantastic alt-text there.

  • Jingles||

    Has Bailey been giving the interns lessons?

  • ||

    That's for damned sure. And it's not just federal regulations, either. State and local rules can be even worse for some small businesses.

  • Old Mexican||

    State and local rules can be even worse for some small businesses.


    Especially those that try to put roots in any small California coast town... Let's say it reminds one of Sisyphus...

  • ||

    It's Kafka absurd.

  • robc||

    Imagine if your small business is in a hyperregulated field, like, oh say, alcohol production.

    Federal/state/local rules and contradictory states rules, some of which are freaking insane, leading to goofball things like certain Sam Adams lagers having the phrase "Ale in Texas" on the label.

  • Paul Krugnutz||

    Gallup: Regulations are Small Business Owners' Number One Concern


    Why, those Mom-and-Pops just want open season to pollute our waters and air with cat feces!

  • sevo||

    And leave dying Grannies on the street!

  • Paul Krugnutz||

    When it comes to cutting unemployment, only seven percent of responders listed tax credits as a primary motivation for hiring unemployed workers, whereas 64 percent listed some form of economic growth or prosperity as a reason for taking on new hires.


    That's it! We need to spend more!

  • Old Mexican||

    But how do you figure this, Mr. Krugnutz?

  • Paul Krugnutz||

    Because stimulus spending brings prosperity which is what the small business wants! QED!

  • Raston Bot||

    Wow, that quote from Jan Eberly, the Treasury’s assistant secretary for economic policy is some grade A fucking stupid bitch.

    When I do my payroll filing, it's a pain in the ASS to review every latest gimmick and other steaming shit trickling outta D.C. What's employee match for med right now? Is it 4.2%? And all the local forms I have to fill out about my business property just so they can tax it. ARGH! FUCK YOU SIDEWAYS.

  • T||

    Man, I hate that businesses have this misconception that they're getting fucked over by regulation. Maybe people should get rid of their misconceptions by getting educated again someplace in the wilderness where there's no distraction from the learnin'.

  • ||

    Yeah, along with that misconception people have that their money and property are theirs. Foolish little people!

  • ||

    T, may I gambol through your thread? Since rectal is lying in bed under the sheets with the blinds closed in her depressive cycle, she can't have White Indian do it, after all.

  • T||

    Feel free. I have no philosophical objection to gamboling.

  • ||

    Reality has a well know liberal bias. Oops, sorry folk, thought this was the Huffington Post.

  • There is no "we"||

    If you want to see societies that count on "small business" for economic health, go visit:

    (1) Portugal
    (2) Ireland
    (3) Italy
    (4) Greece
    (5) Spain

    AKA, the "PIIGS." Germany, one of the few countries weathering the Euro crisis well, has much less reliance on small business.

  • sevo||

    "If you want to see societies that count on "small business" for economic health, go visit:..."

    Just a guess, but I'll bet you think that post means something other than proving you're a brain-dead ignoramus.
    Hint: It doesn't.

  • ||

    From the Dept of Obvious studies I guess.

  • JD the elder||

    But smart people like Warren Buffett and OWS protesters who claim to be "part of the 1% standing with the 99%" tell us that they've never shied away from a profitable investment* because of regulation! How can this be?

    * Spot the obvious logical error and win the knowledge that you're more sensible than Warren Buffett or the average OWS protester.

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