Small Business

Small-business owners on Donald Trump bandwagon: Manta poll

Trump's staying power

Donald Trump continues to enjoy a lead in several national polls, and it looks like his popularity surge continues among the small-business crowd.

As the campaign trail heats up on the road to the 2016 presidential election, candidates are beginning to vie for the small-business vote. According to a new poll from Manta, a small-business networking platform, Trump is the top choice among small-business owners for president with close to 38 percent of respondents selecting him. That comes even after his performance in the recent GOP debate and tussle with Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly.

Democrat Hillary Clinton came in second with 17 percent of the vote, with Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in a virtual tie for third place with nearly 6 percent of the vote each. Manta surveyed 815 small-business owners.

Even Trump's GOP competition, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, have acknowledged he has "struck a nerve" among some voters. This seems to be the case on Main Street as well, said Jack Mozloom, director of media and communications at the National Federation of Independent Business, a conservative lobbying group.