Changing environmental regulations
Creating new jobs
Repealing the Affordable Care Act
Cutting business taxes
Cutting personal income taxes
Increasing the R&D tax credit
Having America’s best interests at heart
Being a good example of what it means to be American
Being an effective leader
AGREE DISAGREE NEUTRAL
We’re in a time of uniquely polarized politics. But the responses of Inc. 500 entrepreneurs to our ques- tions about American politics and business show a preference for pragma- tism over ideology—and a strong independent streak. (For starters: Check out which presidential candi- dates Inc. 500 all-stars said they would vote for in 2020.)
POLITICS AND PRAGMATISM
MARK CUBAN HOWARD SCHULTZ
FOUR MORE YEARS?
Of those who responded, 73% said
they didn’t vote for Donald Trump in
2016, and 74% said they won’t vote
for him in 2020. Of those willing to
consider other entrepreneurs-turned-candidates, 46% said they’d vote for
Starbucks ex-CEO Howard Schultz,
45% said they’d vote for Mark Cuban,
and 29% cited Oprah Winfrey. Write-in votes went to Mitt Romney, Eric
Schmidt, Jeff Bezos—and the other
luminaries pictured below.
TRUMP ST YLE
Trump’s blunt affect doesn’t
play well with Inc. 500
founders, and one cited the
interplay between staunch
Trump-supporting customers and minority workers as
a key worry for that company. But more than half of
respondents said that the
nation’s ongoing political
tensions haven’t affected
their business—even while
nearly 47% said they had
caused workplace conflict,
stress, or distractions.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
Among the respondents, by
far the most popular move
made by the administration
was cutting business taxes.
Other reasons for founder
optimism: a booming
economy and “
[construc-tion] cranes in the sky in
every major city.”
ACA: IN THE WAY?
More than half of surveyed
founders either agreed with
or were neutral on Trump’s
hard rhetorical line against
the ACA. But while the ACA
remains unpopular, state
licensing requirements were
most often cited as the key
government impediment to
ON THE BORDERS
Immigrants start busi-
nesses, and opinions about
Trump’s aggressive immi-
gration policies reflect this.
But respondents were more
ambivalent about Trump’s
tariff-driven trade policy:
More than 71% of those
who replied said Trump’s
trade policy wouldn’t
significantly affect their
business—but many still
cite trade wars as a major
fear for the future.
S TRONGLY DISAGREE OR DISAGREE WITH TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION POLICIES.
Do you agree that President Trump
has done a good job with ...
DISAGREE OR STRONGLY DISAGREE THAT TRUMP IS AN EFFEC TIVE LEADER.
TRUMP’S BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IS . . .
“Corporate tax reduction, and the economy doing well” ... “Disruption
of what politics has become” ... “Surviving a year without being
impeached” ... “Neil Gorsuch, though that was really Mitch McCon-
nell” ... “North Korea” ... “[Approval] of the Keystone XL pipeline”
TRUMP’S BIGGEST FAILURE IS . . .
“Obamacare repeal” ... “Constant scandal and being a global
embarrassment” ... “Creating racial tension within the U. S. and
tension with our allies” ... “Being belligerent and incoherent” ...
“Tone of the immigration debate is badly damaging our ability
to compete” ... “[Not] getting rid of government waste”
What is your