CHICAGO — If U.S. voters side with the majority of vended laundry owners who responded to this month’s American Coin-Op Your Views survey, Donald Trump will be elected president of the United States in November.
Roughly 67% of vended laundry owners polled in the anonymous, unscientific survey say they are supporting the Republican ticket of Trump and running mate Mike Pence. Roughly 19% are supporting Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, and 1.9% favor the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.
Approximately 8% of respondents aren’t sure who they will vote for, and 3.9% say they will not be voting. No survey-taker favors the Green Party ticket or a party other than those previously identified.
The state of the U.S. economy will be most influential in helping 43.1% of store owners decide how to cast their vote. Next, at 25.5%, is homeland security. Other issues set to influence respondents are gun control (7.8%), immigration (3.9%) and healthcare (2.0%). No one taking the survey sees the environment as the issue that will most influence their vote.
Nearly 18% of respondents say “other” issues will be most influential. In most cases, respondents say all of these issues are equally important. Supreme Court appointments, religious freedom, and federal spending were also singled out.
Despite the interest in this year’s presidential race, the majority of respondents don’t believe that election and its result influences their small business as much as other elections. Roughly 39% say state races most influence their business. One-quarter of respondents say it’s the presidential election, 19.2% point to local races, and 17.3% say Congressional races are most influential on their operation.
Regardless of who's elected president this fall, what is the one issue that you think the administration must address immediately? Here are some of the responses from those surveyed:
- “Creating a bridge with Congress to pass bipartisan legislation. We must break the gridlock in Washington. First up … confirm a nominee to the (Supreme) Court.”
- “Regulations need to be repealed, as they are choking out small businesses.”
- “We’ve had 16 years of almost zero growth and poor economic policies. A strong economy with healthy growth will help to solve the country’s other woes, such as crime, illegal immigration and social issues.”
- “Homeland security, because our lives depend on it.”
- “End giving financial assistance to any and all who want it. It’s getting close to the tipping point where there are more getting assistance than those paying into it. We’re drowning!”
- “Discrimination of those that don’t look the same.”
- “Federal spending! History has taught us (over thousands of years) that bloated government spending will eventually bring a nation to its knees when the piper must be paid!”
- “We are supporting the world, and it has to stop.”
While American Coin-Op’s Your Views survey presents a snapshot of store owners’ viewpoints at a particular moment, it should not be considered scientific. Qualified subscribers to American Coin-Op e-mail blasts are invited to participate anonymously in the quarterly industry survey.