Poll: 72 percent of small businesses say regulations are hurting them

The Wells Fargo/Gallup survey found 72 percent of small businesses reported that regulations were hurting their “operating environment." Broken down further, 46 percent said regulations were hurting “a lot” and another 26 percent said they were hurting “a little,” according to the poll.

That ranks regulations fourth behind healthcare costs, taxes and the price of energy in terms of the biggest economic burdens facing small business, the poll found.

The poll surveyed 601 small-business owners between Jan. 7-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.