Business owners across the US say this is the biggest 2020 election issue

President Donald Trump gestures to the crowd of supporters during a campaign rally at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nov. 5, 2018.

Carlos Barria | Reuters

Trade, immigration, health-care policy, jobs and the economy — these are the political issues over which elections are often decided. But as of now, policy is taking a backseat to personality.

President Donald Trump is the biggest 2020 election issue for small business owners across the U.S., according to the CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey for the third quarter 2019. A combined 53% of small businesses see the election as a referendum on Trump.

Twenty-nine percent of business owners said “keeping President Trump in office” was their No. 1 election issue. Twenty-four percent said “voting President Trump out of office” was their priority.

No policy area was even close. Health care was cited


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