You've probably heard the phrase "Go Woke, Go Broke." Now there is evidence to back it up. A new Gallup survey finds a majority of Americans are opposed to businesses getting involved in political and social issues. The poll shows 52% are against businesses getting political, versus 48% who are in favor. But a closer look reveals a much wider gap when allowing for political affiliations. While 75% of Democrats support businesses going political, only 18% of Republicans and 40% of independents are in favor.
This issue played out last year with Disney, which saw its stock price plummet and its CEO depart after multiple instances of pushing left-wing politics. Francisco Gonzalez, political commentator and conservative diversity expert, says companies pushing political agendas is not only bad for business, it's dangerous to our democracy. "These corporations have deeper pockets than the average American does, and for that reason they are able to carry greater influence," he tells KTRH. "For example, when you have corporations that can pay to push their headlines to the front of the line, to the top of the page, they really do have power to influence the electorate."
While some companies have been accused of bending to the woke mob, others have backed off of political stances when they received backlash from the public. "Businesses should absolutely not get political, and I think that we as conservatives and independents need to continue to be very vocal about that," says Gonzalez.
"We need, as citizens of this country, to be able to form an informed opinion based on the facts, not based on the agenda that a corporation with very deep pockets was able to push on us," he continues.