Nearly two-thirds (63%) of middle market executives say the nation’s ailing infrastructure is restricting growth of the national economy, according to a new RSM survey shared exclusively with CNN Business. The survey, conducted in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce, also found that 60% of these executives say the state of infrastructure is hurting local economies as well.

“The antiquated nature of America’s infrastructure is holding back the national economy, the local economy and the firms that comprise the beating heart and soul of the real economy,” Joe Brusuelas, chief economist at RSM, said in an interview.

The survey, conducted in April, focused on the middle market sector of the economy, which, as the name suggests, encompasses firms that are larger than small businesses yet not as big as the most powerful corporations with household names. These roughly 2,000 firms have revenue ranging between $10 million and $2…

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