While I usually steer clear of political discussions in professional circles, I recently came across a study that measured the political sentiment of 6,000 small business owners. The data they gathered is extremely insightful and they have a great interface for viewing results by state, political affiliation, gender, swing states, etc.
Nationally, the most important issue to small business owners in their choice for president was the economy/jobs (40%) with ethics/honesty/corruption in government coming in a distant second (14%). Breaking that down further, 26% said unemployment and the job market was the biggest economic issue with the federal budget deficit second (16%) and health care costs third (10%).
I thought it would be fun to look at the Idaho data (my home state) and found that they valued ethics/honesty nearly twice as much as the national average (27% vs. 14%) while finding the federal budget deficit the most concerning issue about the economy (33% in Idaho). Seems about right given the more self-sufficient attitude I grew up around.
If you want to dig around more, the data is all here and the details on how they obtained the data is here.