National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted August 13-14, 2011
By Rasmussen Reports
1*Do most small businesses get started with personal savings, bank loans or money from outside investors?
2* Suppose someone wants to start a new small business but cannot obtain financing from investors or banks. Should the federal government loan money to people who want to start a business but can’t find financing in the private sector?
3* Okay, sometimes the government provides loan guarantees to banks that make risky loans. This encourages banks to make more loans because the government will cover just about all of their losses. Generally speaking, should the government provide loan guarantees so that banks will make riskier loans?
4* Suppose someone looking to start their own small business cannot obtain financing from banks. Should the federal government provide loan guarantees so that banks will lend them the money?
5* What would do more to help small businesses - having the government provide loans to people who cannot get financing on their own or reducing government regulations and taxes?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence