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How entrepreneurs are changing the political face of America

This story appears in the August 1996 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Amid the talk of anti-this and pro-that, political debate runs high. And yet, when it comes to political parties, perhaps no one is as strongly divided as are entrepreneurs.

In recent elections, entrepreneurs have been more apt to vote Republican than any other major occupational group, according to Michael Hout, a sociologist at University of California, Berkeley, who, with Clem Brooks of Indiana University and Jeff Manza at Penn State University, analyzes scholarly data on American presidential elections. The self-employed "have become one of the anchors of the current Republican coalition," says Hout, who surmises that "small business is one of the most powerful groups in the country."

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