How do small businesses feel post-election?

Answer: Not very good.

Gallup’s Small Business Index has fallen 28 points since the votes were counted … and is now back in negative territory.

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And, the headline number only tells part of the story:

  • One in five small-business owners (21%) expect the number of jobs at their company to decrease over the next 12 months, the highest percentage Gallup has measured to date.
  • One in three owners (34%) expect their company’s capital spending to decrease over the next 12 months — the highest recorded since July 2010.
  • Thirty percent of owners expect “poor” cash flow over the next 12 months — the highest Gallup has measured to date.
  • Twenty-eight percent of owners expect to be in a “poor” financial position 12 months from now — the highest Gallup has measured to date.Uh oh.* * * * *
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