11/06/2012 12:40 pm ET

Small Business Owners' Sour Mood Poses Threat To Obama On Election Day

Many of the nation’s smallest employers will head to the polls today feeling discouraged about the future of their businesses and worried about the direction of the economy, and most are disappointed with their options at the top of the ballot.

Small business hiring and optimism indicators often vary based on the source and the exact size of the companies queried. But in the past month, nearly every survey of small business owners has reeked of pessimism and frustration as employers pull back on hiring and brace for continued uncertainty even after the elections.

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