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CNBC/SurveyMonkey: Trump Scores with Small Business

According to the first ever CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey, 58% of respondents say they "approve" of the job President Donald Trump is doing.

Small businesses do overindex for Republicans in the survey, howeve,r with 38% Republicans to only 23% Democrats.

Trump has pledged to lower taxes, which is the biggest issue for the largest segment of those small businesses (25%). That was followed by regulation, which Trump is also pruning; the cost of healthcare, which the President has said he is trying to lower for businesses; and customer demand, all tied at 14%.

The survey found that 42% say changes in tax policy will have a positive effect to 24% who say they will have a negative effect; 38% sys regulatory changes will have a positive effect vs. 26% who say it will be negative.

CNBC and SurveyMonkey said they surveyed 2,030 self-described small business owners age 18-plus in what is planned for a quarterly poll. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.