Poll: Business supports GOP majority in Congress

Nearly 80% of the business community believe that business interests would be best served if the Democratic Party lost majority control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate in the upcoming mid-term elections, according to a poll released by FTI Consulting.

Nearly 80% of the business community believe that business interests would best be served if the Democratic Party lost majority control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate in the upcoming mid-term elections, according to a poll released by FTI Consulting.

The company surveyed 400 investors, financial advisors, and small business owners in the US.

Unsurprisingly, the poll found that 64% of respondents believe that "economic conditions would improve" and 60% believe that hiring would increase if the Republican Party took majority control of the House.

And, 59% of those surveyed in the business community believe that policymakers will be more cooperative when working with business if Republicans take control of the House.

Yet - I found this very interesting - more than half of the respondents say they would prefer that Republicans (if the party is to take majority control of the House) work with Obama and Democrats to "get things done." The other 47% of respondents say that the Republicans should focus on a GOP agenda and repeal certain pieces of legislation, such as the healthcare and financial reforms.

As companies and trade groups assess their policy agendas and communications strategies for the next two years, it will be interesting to see what changes will occur in business sectors such as technology, healthcare, telecommunications, or energy.

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