The jury is still out on how the presidential candidates will fare during the next debate, on Oct. 9, in the eyes of a key voter constituency: the small-business sector. The group that is composed of 28 million business owners is a major voting block in the upcoming election.
Yet if the last presidential debate is any guide, the Republican ticket has an advantage. According to an exclusive nationwide poll with Manta, a social network for small businesses, Trump won the first debate in the eyes of small businesses on Main Street.
Manta’s survey, which polled a diverse group of 834 small-business owners nationwide between Sept. 26 and Sept. 28 revealed that Republican candidate and business mogul Donald Trump was the winner, with 58.7 percent. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton garnered 41.3 percent of their vote.
The results were different for women business owners. The 53.7 percent of the contingent said Hillary won the debate because of her support for small-business issues.