Poll: Small Business Owners Divided on Employees Exercising Free Speech At Work

New BizBuySell survey explores small business owner opinions on recent events, such as freedom of speech debates and natural disaster preparedness.

SAN FRANCISCO — October, 2017 - BizBuySell, the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, surveyed over 1,300 small business owners to get their perspective on events such as the recent hurricanes, climate change and the Trump administration.

Was your business impacted by the recent hurricanes?

  • Yes - 11%
  • No - 89%%

Does your business have a natural disaster plan in place?

  • Yes - 23%
  • No - 77%

Could your business survive a natural disaster that forced you to close for more than a month?

  • Yes, I have savings - 22%
  • Yes, I have insurance - 21%
  • Yes, I have savings and insurance - 40%
  • No, I don’t have savings - 7%
  • No, I don’t have insurance - 2%
  • No, I have neither savings or insurance - 8%

Do you believe climate change poses a threat to your business?

  • Yes - 21%
  • No - 68%
  • I do not believe in climate change - 11%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President?

  • Democratic - 16%
  • Republican - 34%
  • Independent - 34%
  • Libertarian Party - 3.4%
  • Green Party - 1.3%
  • Other - 10%

Would you reprimand an employee who exercised free speech in the workplace, similar to what President Trump suggested should happen to athletes in professional football?

  • Yes - 42%
  • No - 58%

Does your business donate or give back to the community in any way?

  • Yes - 79%
  • No - 21%

How does your small business give back? (select all that apply)

  • Donate portion of proceeds to charitable organizations or local causes – 51%
  • Offer services pro bono – 39%
  • Collect and donate goods – 31%
  • Traditional fundraising for various causes – 27%
  • Allow staff time off to volunteer – 20%
  • Other (please specify) – 9%

Media Contact:

Bobby Chilver
Walker Sands Communications
office: (312) 546-4712
email: robert.chilver@walkersands.com

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