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Business Owners Give Obama Weak Marks

Business Owners Give Obama Weak Marks
Barack Obama
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Business owners are far less happy with the performance of President Obama than is the average employee, reflecting continued worries over how Obamacare will affect their companies.

Just 37 percent of business owners approve of the president's job performance, according to a new poll by Gallup. By contrast, workers in general have a 45 percent approval rating of the president, Gallup said.

Business owners rank near the bottom of all job categories polled, with only repair workers (35 percent) and farmers and fishermen (34 percent) ranking lower.

Related: Obama Compares Health-Care Enrollment Glitches to Apple iOS 7 Bugs

Obamacare seems to be the reason for the poor approval. Gallup said the low marks from business owners comes from their "uncertainty as they attempt to clarify how it affects their businesses specifically."
The ongoing fight over extending the debt ceiling, and its effect on the economy, is also a factor, Gallup said.

There is another reason as well: Business owners are more likely to vote Republican. Forty-nine percent of business owners identify themselves as Republicans, while only 36 percent say they are Democrats or lean Democrat, Gallup said.

Related: Franchisees Fear Obamacare as Uncertainty Paralyzes Growth

Ray Hennessey is Editorial Director of Entrepreneur.com.

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