Americans’ Growing Reluctanty for Businesses to Take Political or Social Stances on Current Events

Oct 4, 2023 | True Patriot News Daily

A recent poll by Gallup and Bentley University found that nearly 60% of Americans believe businesses should not take a public stance on current events. This is up from 52% last year, and it suggests that Americans are becoming increasingly wary of businesses wading into political and social waters.

There are a number of reasons why Americans may be reluctant for businesses to take political or social stances. One reason is that these issues can be very divisive, and businesses may alienate some of their customers by taking a side. For example, a business that takes a stance on abortion or gun control is likely to anger some of its customers, even if it is taking the stance that most of its customers agree with.

Another reason why Americans may be wary of businesses taking political or social stances is that they believe that businesses should focus on making money and providing goods and services, not on trying to change the world. Some people believe that businesses should not use their power and influence to try to influence public policy or social change.

Still others believe that businesses are not qualified to take positions on complex political and social issues. They argue that businesses should stick to what they know best, which is making money and providing goods and services.

There are also some Americans who believe that businesses should take political or social stances, but they believe that businesses should be more careful about how they do it. They argue that businesses should avoid taking extreme positions and that they should be respectful of the views of their customers.

Ultimately, it is up to each individual business to decide whether or not to take a political or social stance. However, the poll data suggests that the majority of Americans are not in favor of businesses taking these stances.

To learn more about This Poll read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below: 

Most Americans do not want businesses to weigh in on the most contentious political and social issues in society, according to new polling. 

Nearly 60% of Americans think businesses should not take a public stance on current events, which is up from 52% last year, according to a new poll conducted by Gallup and Bentley University. Political party, race and age were most determinative of how Americans believed businesses should act. 

Issues that Americans are most in favor of businesses taking a stance on include climate change (55%), mental health (52%), free speech (49%) and healthcare (48%) while the least popular areas include abortion (26%), political candidates (19%) and religion (15%).