Monthly Polling Results

February 2022

February 28, 2022

SBIQ: 55.2
Current Conditions Rating: 57.5
Future Expectations Rating: 53.6

Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2022)—Today, the Job Creators Network Foundation (JCNF) released its February Small Business IQ Poll of 500 small business owners. Notably, roughly three-fourths of small employers don’t believe the Biden administration is doing enough to address high inflation (76 percent) or supply chain problems (74 percent). Rising prices remain a top concern among small businesses and 65 percent of respondents say supply chain complications are having a negative impact on their company.

Moreover, the Small Business Intelligence Quotient (SBIQ), an index tracking overall small business optimism about the economy, ticked down by nearly a point to 55.2 in February. The indicator continues to hover just above 50, as it has for the past six months. The SBIQ hit a peak of 63.5 in July.

Other key takeaways include:

  • When it comes to perceptions about the economy, there is a big disparity between the smallest small businesses and larger ones. Sixty-six percent of companies with more than 20 employees consider the economy to be in excellent or good condition, compared to only 24 percent of those with between two and nine workers.
  • Sixty-nine percent of small businesses are still concerned about government coronavirus mandates.
  • Small businesses give lukewarm approval to increasing federal spending and the national debt to provide additional coronavirus relief aid to small businesses, even those who have been hit the hardest. Fifty-four percent strongly or somewhat support more deficit spending to fund additional small business relief.

View more polling details and crosstabs here.

Elaine Parker, President of the Job Creators Network Foundation, released the following statement:

“Main Street is souring on the Biden administration as it fumbles to address high inflation and persistent supply chain disruptions. If small business employers were grading Biden, his actions would get an ‘F.’ While the latest government report shows impressive job gains in February, the smallest small businesses are still facing harsh economic conditions. Small businesses are always last to fill their shelves as larger companies leverage their buying power to cut the line. And they’re disproportionately hurt by runaway inflation, a problem that will only become more pronounced as the war in Ukraine further drives up energy prices and Biden fails to ramp-up domestic production.”

Poll Results:

Would Future Lockdowns with Business Restrictions Help or Hurt Small Businesses?

Help
12%
Hurt
75%
No Impact
11%

Are You Concerned About Covid Cases Causing Government Mandates That Will Impact Businesses?

Not Concerned
31%
Somewhat Concerned
41%
Very Concerned
29%

Do You Support Any Future Pandemic Aid if it Means Increasing Federal Spending and the National Debt?

Strongly Support
15%
Somewhat Support
34%
Somewhat Oppose
19%
Strongly Oppose
21%
Unsure
11%

Do You Support Increasing Government Spending and Adding to the National Debt to Replenish the Restaurant Relief Act?

Strongly Support
13%
Somewhat Support
36%
Somewhat Oppose
27%
Strongly Oppose
15%
Unsure
9%

Do You Support Increasing Federal Spending and Adding to the National Debt to Provide Additional COVID-19 Relief to Small Businesses?

Strongly Support
16%
Somewhat Support
38%
Somewhat Oppose
19%
Strongly Oppose
21%
Unsure
7%

Are Supply Chain Problems Having A Negative Impact on Your Business?

Yes
65%
No
29%
Unsure
6%

Is the Biden Administration Doing Enough to Help Supply Chain Problems?

Yes
16%
No
74%
Unsure
10%

Is the Biden Administration Doing Enough to Combat Inflation?

Yes
13%
No
76%
Unsure
12%

What Do You Think About Applying a 5% to 8% Tax Surcharge on People Who Make $10 Million or More? (Includes Many Pass-Through Businesses)

Support
38%
Oppose
52%
Unsure
10%

Will Biden Administration Tax Increases Help or Hurt Small Business?

Help
15%
Hurt
67%
No Impact
14%