While President Trump‘s first-year average job approval rating, measured by Gallup, was at least 10 percentage points lower than that of any of his predecessors, he received better grades from small business owners. According to a Gallup survey released last Friday (1.25.2018), the Trump administration received a grade of A or B from 49 % of small business owners. One-third of small business owners gave the administration a grade of D or F, reflecting the polarized nature of politics today, according to Gallup.

The findings came from the latest quarterly update of the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey conducted Jan. 3-9.

The White House also scored significantly higher than the percentage of respondents who gave high marks to state government, the Supreme Court, and Congress. At the same time, more than a third of owners give the administration a grade of D or F, reflecting the polarized nature of politics today, said Gallup.

The latest results come as small business owners’ overall optimism is as high as it has been since before the 2008/2009 recession, as noted by both Gallup and NFIB.


What grade would you give each of the following in terms of their performance on issues that have been important to your business over the past year: A, B, C, D, or F?

A B C D F
% % % % %
Current presidential administration 24 25 15 11 24
Your state government 11 28 32 13 15
Supreme Court 10 26 38 10 9
Congress 4 17 28 22 27

WELLS FARGO/GALLUP SMALL BUSINESS INDEX, JAN. 3-9, 2018


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