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Small Firms Less Apocalyptic as 60% See Survival Past Six Months

  • Verizon/Morning Consult poll shows confidence up since April
  • U.S. businesses not keen on additional loans, second poll says
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America’s small businesses are slightly more bullish about their own survival than five months ago, with a majority now saying they expect to be operating beyond six months even if current conditions persist, according to a new survey.

Sixty percent of business owners said they will be able to remain open for more than a half-year, up from 46% in April, according to the poll, conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of Verizon Business. The survey firm questioned owners and decision makers at 600 small and midsize firms from Aug. 26 to Sept. 4.