Crisis Survey

Crisis Survey

According to a new survey from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, more than 70 percent of American voters say the health of the economy depends on the success of entrepreneurs, while 71 percent believe the current economic crisis has made it more difficult to become an entrepreneur. Conducted over the final weekend of September, the Economic Crisis Survey (20 pages, PDF) found that 49 percent of respondents see opportunities for entrepreneurial activity in the current environment, but only 26 percent said they would actually consider starting a business in the next five years. In addition, 34 percent of respondents see their jobs, homes, and investments as equally vulnerable and at risk, while 60 percent said the impact of the financial crisis will either be "very bad" or "devastating" and another 34 percent said it will be "pretty bad" for them personally.