Write Your Congressman (NWYC), an organization that gives small
businesses a voice in American government, finds in its Q3 2018
Quarterly Index trust in business owners’ own elected members of
Congress has increased from last quarter. Additionally, hope in U.S.
Congress as a whole increased significantly – up from 26 percent in the
second quarter of 2018 to 35 percent in the third quarter of 2018.
Thirty-five percent of business owners surveyed believe that their own
members of Congress act according to their constituents’ opinion, which
was an increase from the previous quarter. More than half of business
owners surveyed agree their own elected members of Congress know their
opinion on important issues.
Although satisfaction with Congress as a whole decreased, trust in
Congress and hope in Congress for the year ahead increased. Findings
also showed that business owners now see healthcare costs as their top
business concern for the quarter, followed by taxes.
“Our business owner members are increasingly more satisfied with their
own members of Congress as they have made their voices heard regarding
business regulations and the tax law,” said Randy Ford, President and
COO of National Write Your Congressman. “Since the passage of the new
tax law and regulation rollbacks, business owners are hopeful for more
action from Congress in the year ahead.”
NWYC’s Quarterly Index measures small business owners’ sentiment towards
Congress as well as opinions on legislation affecting their business.
“Our Index has shown time and again the trust and hope in business
owners’ own members of Congress is always higher than Congress as a
whole,” said Ford. “This speaks to the importance of constituent
communications on the local and state level to impact change for
The NWYC Index Score, which takes into account six factors measuring
small business owners’ trust, hope and satisfaction towards Congress and
government, was up slightly from last quarter. Trust in the president
increased slightly from last quarter, as well as trust in Congress.
NWYC provides members with non-partisan information and research along
with the tools they can use to connect with their representatives in
Washington and advocate for the policies and actions that will help
their small businesses be successful for their families, their employees
and their communities.
For complete Q3 2018 Index findings, view our
NWYC’s Index on the Sentiment of Small Business Owners towards Congress
is based on data collected using an online survey administered June
21-27, 2018. A total of 888 respondents participated. Respondents
represent 45 of the 50 states in the U.S. Sixty percent of business
owners surveyed employ 1-9 employees and 36 percent employ 10-99
employees. The predominant industries represented are construction,
services, automotive repair, health, legal, accounting, engineering,
advertising, education, manufacturing, agriculture, and retail trade. To
view the full report, visit www.nwyc.com.
About National Write Your Congressman
National Write Your Congressman (NWYC) is an organization that gives
small businesses a voice in American government. As the nation’s
largest, privately held, nonpartisan membership organization made up of
small businesses, NWYC is dedicated to the delivery of constituent
opinions to representatives in Washington. For 60 years, NWYC has
provided small business owners and operators the tools necessary to
connect with members of Congress and a platform to let their collective
voice be heard. NWYC’s team of experts provides unbiased, nonpartisan
information and research on top issues and pending legislation relevant
to small business owners today. NWYC presents both sides of the issue so
that members can form an educated opinion and let their opinions be
heard. For more information, visit: www.nwyc.com.
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