America wakes up to democracy threat

American voters and small businesses are sounding the alarm about the threat to democracy with just over eight weeks before the Midterm elections.  The concern for our democracy is growing.

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 67 percent of respondents “think the nation’s democracy is in danger of collapse.”

78 percent of small businesses are very concerned about the state of the U.S. democracy according to a national Survey Monkey survey of more than 1,100 small businesses released today.

Recent NBC polling shows that the top concern of voters is the threat to democracy.

“President Biden’s national address in Philadelphia on the risk to our democracy will continue to focus voter attention on the need to protect democracy,” said Frank Knapp Jr., Director of Business for Democracy, a national campaign of the American sustainable Business Network.  “A strong democracy is critical for a vibrant entrepreneurial economy.”

Small businesses are overwhelmingly concerned about the nation’s democracy and believe that a “well-functioning democracy is very important to a strong small business economy” (89 percent) and capitalism (86 percent).

Eight states have established Business for Democracy small business collaboratives including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, and California.

“Congress must pass three critical pieces of legislation,” said Knapp.  “These bills create the foundation for providing firm and stable support for our democracy: Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and Freedom to Vote Act.”

“We intend to make protecting democracy a top concern to voters in November,” said Knapp.