Last month, we polled nearly 1,300 business owners, directors, and managers from the RingCentral community about their thoughts on the upcoming 2012 U.S. presidential election. Results of the poll reveal a fairly even split on which leading candidate (Obama or Romney) will have the most positive impact on business and the economy. A deeper dive into the poll’s findings suggests, however, that both candidates have an edge in certain areas. Check out our infographic below for the details.

Key takeaways from the poll include:

  • Business owners are evenly divided on voting for Romney or Obama in the 2012 election, and on which candidate would have the most positive impact on businesses and the broader economy.
  • 57% of swing-state voters believe a Romney presidency would have a positive impact on Big Business.
  • 44% of female respondents support another Obama presidency, giving him a 5-point lead over Romney.
  • 42% of male respondents support a Romney presidency, giving him a 5-point lead over Obama.

When compared to the general poll results, female business voters are more likely to support Obama. But male business voters tend to favor a Romney presidency, and a significant majority of poll respondents (male and female alike) believe a Romney presidency would be better for Big Business.

Also noteworthy is the fact that Romney has an eight-point edge among respondents in swing states (identified as Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia). That advantage could come into play in the Electoral College, since the seven swing states have 85 electoral votes between them. Indeed, more than 270 respondents to RingCentral’s poll — roughly a fifth of the total — came from these battleground states.

RingCentral’s Presidential Poll was conducted from May 23 – June 6, 2012, and surveyed approximately 1,300 members of the business community across the United States. Respondents were 61% male and 39% female, with almost even representation across all three major political affiliations — 31% Republican, 28% Democratic and 28% Independent. When not choosing between leading candidates Romney and Obama, respondents could choose Gary Johnson, Ron Paul or other.