If there’s one thing that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can most certainly agree upon, it’s that small businesses are a fundamental building block of our nation’s economy. As both candidates are constantly intoning, the vast majority of businesses in the United States are businesses with fewer than 500 workers, and these are the major drivers of our economy — creating jobs, creating wealth, and leading the way in innovation and entrepreneurship. Both candidates, however, also claim to possess the proper prescriptions for helping small businesses to succeed and grow; so, according to the people actually running these businesses, who’s policies would actually help them out the most? WaPo reports:

Mitt Romney, and it’s not even close, according to a new poll.

Sixty-one percent of small business owners plan to vote for the Republican challenger, more than double the 26 percent who say they will vote for President Obama, shows a survey released Tuesday by Manta. The president’s numbers have fallen six points since May, while Mitt Romney has picked up four points with business owners. In the latest national polls, the candidates are virtually deadlocked.

Obama still has time to make up ground on Main Street, but he will need a solid performance next month in Charlotte. Forty percent of respondents said their vote could swing based on the small business issues — namely taxes, healthcare and regulations — discussed at the conventions, while one in four said they’re still waiting to see what types of initiatives the candidates outline between now and November.

Huh. I guess small business owners actually don’t care for deluges of new financial, environmental, etc. red-tape regulations, or for higher taxes (neither through hiking taxes on people making more than 250k a year, nor through the Pandora’s box of costly surprises that ObamaCare is steadily shaping up to be). That’s so weird.

This is precisely why I get so perturbed whenever I hear President Obama and his surrogates accusing Romney & company of wanting to create a more “top-down” economy. No, Mr. President — that’s what you’re doing with your steady rate of government expansion. Small businesses are the parties that have a particularly vested interest in growing the economy from the “middle out,” as you say, yet strangely enough, they don’t seem to care for you much. Just sayin.’