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CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Index Q1 2019

CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Index Q1 2019

More than one third of small business owners (37 percent) say their business was affected in some way by the government shutdown, but any lingering effects barely register in this quarter’s CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Confidence Survey results.

The overall index score is basically unchanged from last year, coming in at 58, down a single point from Q4 2018. Presidential approval, as well, hasn’t budged among small business owners, with 56 percent approving and 43 percent disapproving of the way President Trump is handling his job doing--exactly the same as in November.

One in five (20 percent) small business owners say that, in general, federal government shutdowns are a major concern for their businesses, and another 29 percent say they are a minor concern.

Read more about our polling methodology here
Click through all the results in the interactive toplines below:

Which one of the following issues matters MOST to you right now?
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?In addition to yourself, how many employees work at your small business?Is your business a:Overall, would you describe current conditions for your business as good, middling or bad? In the next 12 months, do you expect your business’s revenue to increase, stay the same, or decrease?
In the next 12 months, do you expect your business’s staff of full-time employees to increase, stay the same, or decrease? In the next 12 months, do you expect changes in government regulations to have a negative effect, no effect, or a positive effect on your business?
In the next 12 months, do you expect changes in trade policy to have a negative effect, no effect, or a positive effect on your business? In the next 12 months, do you expect changes in technological innovation to have a negative effect, no effect, or a positive effect on your business? In the next 12 months, do you expect changes in immigration policy to have a negative effect, no effect, or a positive effect on your business?
In the next 12 months, do you expect your business’s staff of full-time employees to increase, stay the same, or decrease?
What is currently the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner? As you may know, periods of economic growth are followed by periods of recession. Do you think a recession over the next year is… If one of your employees were to quit today, would you expect to pay their replacement more, less, or the same salary to do the same job? Do you have any positions that have been open for at least 3 months that you have been unable to fill? In general, how much of a concern is a federal government shutdown for your business? How much has your business been affected by the recent government shutdown?
Have you done any of the following as a result of the government shutdown? (Please select all that apply.) How has the government shutdown affected your business? (Please select all that apply.)
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