UK small businesses are backing David Cameron as the best political leader to safeguard their interests and steer the economy through recession.
A new study also exposed a backlash against government initiatives introduced to support businesses through the tough economic times.
Almost 350 owners of businesses with between one and 20 employees took part in the poll conducted by business insurance comparator simplybusiness.co.uk.
A mere 19 per cent of small business owners favour Gordon Brown in contrast to the 40 per cent who see Conservative party leader David Cameron as the country’s best bet in the recession.
Small firms also identified Cameron as the best leader to safeguard the interest of small and medium enterprises.
Simplybusiness.co.uk’s chief executive Tony Deacon said small firms are the “engine room of the economy” and their owners are unhappy with the government’s response to the recession.
“As a result, the small and medium enterprise sector is throwing its support behind the opposition,” he said.
“The Government needs to act fast to get credit flowing more quickly, and widen its focus from failing financial institutions to small businesses if it is to restore confidence in this crucial economic sector.”
More than four in five small firms agree that government measures to support small business through the recession - such as the loan guarantee scheme and VAT reduction to 15 per cent - have been “ineffective.”
A massive 93 per cent of owners said they had seen no benefit from the loan guarantee scheme.
Three quarters of firms agreed that government policy had focused too much on firms in trouble, with little or no help for well run firms struggling in the downturn. A total of 83 per cent also said they were critical of what they see as an apparent fixation with rescuing banks and announcing headline grabbing initiatives.