Small-business ownersnot only have strong opinions about Occupy Wall Street— they're often among those most directly affected. As we reported recently, a small-business owner even claimed he had to lay off employees because of customer-deterring, OWS-related police barricades. But while most of the accounts of small-business owners related to OWS have been anecdotal, a recent survey by VerticalResponse, an email marketing service provider, weighs the actual numbers of small businesses for and against.
According to a recent survey of more than 200 U.S. small businesses to see what they thought about Occupy Wall Street and its impact on small businesses, VerticalResponse found that U.S. small businesses are nearly evenly split on the issue. Forty-nine percent say they support OWS, while 46.6 percent say they don't, and 4.2 percent say they're not sure.