In the wake of March's voting law passed in Georgia and the subsequent boycotts in by individuals and corporations alike, Polls done in April from multiple outlets have highlighted a growing majority of American's desire for corporations to not get political.
Companies such as Delta, Coca-Cola, and the MLB through trying to remain "woke" have potentially alienated more of their customer base than they originally intended. Coca-Cola, who had originally called the Georgia voting law "unacceptable" and "a step backward," took a step backward themselves on their stance, instead issuing a statement to the Washington Examiner that it wants to bring people together to share their concerns.
"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together to listen, respectfully share concerns and collaborate on a path forward. We remain open to productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views. It’s time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy," Coca-Cola told the Washington Examiner.
Delta, which originally came out in support of parts of the bill, flipped their stance when left-wing activists threatened a boycott of the airline.
In response, Georgia House of Representatives passed an amendment earlier this month that strips the airline of $35 million in tax credits, citing the avoidance of further economic losses in Georgia as the reason behind the action.
"They like our public policy when we're doing things that benefit them," said Republican House Speaker David Ralston. "You don't feed a dog that bites your hand. You got to keep that in mind sometimes."
The Daily Wire conducted a poll earlier this month regarding the MLB and it's recent decision to move the All-Star game from Georgia.
64 percent of poll takers said that they were less likely to support a company that "inserts themselves into political issues and debates."
The Daily Wire poll interviewed 1,026 Americans split 31 percent REpublican, 34 percent Democrat, and 35 percent Independent. They assured that it was a random sample of Americans, not Daily Wire readers, though some critics still voiced that the poll couldn't be trusted. An NPR/PBS News/ Marist poll recorded similar findings.
On the question, "Do you support or oppose American companies using their public role, position, or events to influence political, cultural, or social change?" just 36 percent said they support while 57 percent said they oppose.
A follow up question asked "Do you support to oppose professional sports teams or organizations using their public role, position, or events to influence political, cultural, or social change?" to which just 40 percent of respondents said they support, while 55 percent said they opposed.
The Daily Wire poll also showed that Americans, once learning what was actually in the bill instead of hearing Democrat talking points referring to it as "the new Jim Crow laws," became more supportive of the law.
"Initially, 42% of Americans said they were supportive of the law and 38% opposed it. After learning about the legislation, 71% said they were “more supportive” of the Georgia law," The Daily Wire article reads. "While 55% of Americans polled were initially supportive of MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, over half (54%) said they became “less supportive” of the league’s action after learning what the new Georgia election law contains."
A Yahoo News poll conducted in late March found that with the introduction of social justice into sports entertainment, three times more Americans were less likely to tune in than more.
"About 13.7 percent of Democrats say they watched more sports in the wake of social justice movements, while 19 percent watched less. On the other hand, only about 8.6 percent of Republicans watched more sports, while 53 percent watched less once social justice messaging became prominent. Worth noting is that Independents came in somewhere in the middle, with about 8.7 percent saying they watched more sports in the social justice era, and about 38.6 percent saying they watched less," the Yahoo News article reads.