Roughly 65 percent of companies said protection from liability issues related to the pandemic is the best thing the federal government could offer in future policymaking. That was followed by 41 percent that want funding for testing, the survey found, and 39 percent that prioritize small business loans.
In terms of financial outlook, 35 percent said it dimmed during the last two months, while about 45 percent said it was unchanged. Roughly 13 percent said their outlook improved during that time frame.
U.S. gross domestic product, a measure of goods and services produced, fell 9.5 percent during the second quarter, marking the biggest drop on record. Businesses were hoping for a rapid rebound following the lockdown orders that swept the country in March, but a resurgence of the virus has some states rolling back plans to reopen.