70 % of Americans Believe Corporations & Sports Teams Should Avoid Politics

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4.7.21 – “70 % of Americans Believe Corporations & Sports Teams Should Avoid Politics”

By Donna Garner

TO:  Mars, Inc. Executives

E-mail address:  customerservice@mms.com

FROM:  Donna Garner, who lives three miles from Mars Wrigley Confectionery in Waco, Texas

RE: Your decision to join “woke wars,” support the Equality Act, and place men on women’s sports teams

According to USA Today’s 4.7.21 article (https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/04/07/why-companies-should-fight-anti-lgbtq-legislation-corporate-leaders-column/7103902002/), the executives of Mars, Inc. and other corporations have decided to launch into the “woke political wars.”  

I would like to remind you that it is “we the people” who make the decisions as to whether or not to purchase your products.

Perhaps you believe that our opinions do not matter and that only the “woke” leftists (including the LGBTQ community) should control you and our country.

Below, I have posted a poll (a.k.a., MLB’s corporate decision to join the “woke political wars”) that was conducted very recently about the public’s beliefs concerning corporations and sports teams becoming leftist, political activists. 

I would encourage you and your Public Relations team to consider very carefully these poll results. 

We average, every day, family-minded Americans may not be those who loudly organize “woke” mobs; “cancel culture” doxing, “CHOP” occupied protest zones; and violent protests with lives and property losses.  However, we do make purchasing decisions such as which candy companies to support and which ones to boycott.

I believe you need to rethink your decision to participate in the “woke political wars.”  Not only should you think about your company’s profit margin, but also you should consider the well-being of America’s families.

Please consider the millions of ordinary, peace-loving Americans who tend to vote quietly with their feet as well as purchase products without commenting publicly.  

We are here. We are watching what you in Corporate America are doing as you move from being respected business leaders to becoming tools (i.e. fools) of the political leftists who want to destroy America.  

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“Poll on MLB Decision and Georgia Election Law Conducted by SurveyMonkey”

Sample: 1,026 Americans Over 18

KEY FINDINGS

  • MLB is increasingly politically polarizing. While 70 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of Major League Baseball and 30 percent view the organization unfavorably, perceptions of the league now vary by party affiliation.
    • 43% of Republicans view the league unfavorably.
    • 19% of Democrats view MLB unfavorably.
    • 30% of Independents view MLB unfavorably.
  • MLB’s political activism is alienating some fans. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are about equally as likely to have watched MLB games in the past, but the league’s activism is turning off baseball fans, which generally believe that corporations and sports teams should avoid politics:
    • 70% of all respondents agree with the statement: “Corporations and sports teams should generally stay out of politics.”
    • Among all respondents who watch baseball, 62% agreed with that statement.
    • Among Americans who have an unfavorable view of the MLB, 82% do not want corporations and sports teams getting involved in politics.
  • MLB’s image took a hit after the Atlanta announcement. Among the 30 percent of all respondents who view MLB unfavorably, 59 percent heard of the league’s decision to relocate the All-Star Game. Of these, 79 percent said the announcement made them feel less favorable toward the organization. The respondents who reacted negatively to MLB’s Atlanta announcement make-up 44 percent of all respondents who said they have a negative view of the league, suggesting Commissioner Rob Manfred’s announcement may have caused the league’s positive rating to decline by as much as 13 points.
  • MLB’s decision is polarizing because Americans and its own fans tend to support Georgia’s election law. Our study found 42% of the poll’s respondents support the state’s new voting measures while 38% oppose them. This is consistent with the results of a recent Morning Consult poll that found a nearly identical 42% to 36% split in favor of the legislation. Among MLB fans familiar with the law (excluding those who have not heard of it), 54 percent support it.
  • The Georgia law’s major provisions are popular. Our study found the Georgia election law’s key features are popular among diverse cross-sections of the American public.
    • 78 percent of respondents, including a majority of Democrats, MLB fans, non-white Americans, and all age groups, support the law’s ID requirement for absentee voting.
    • 63 percent of respondents, including a majority of non-whites, MLB fans, all age groups, and 48 percent of Democrats, support the Georgia law’s restrictions on handing out gifts, including refreshments, to voters near polling stations and voting lines.
    • 67 percent of respondents, including a majority of Democrats, MLB fans, all age groups, and non-whites, support Georgia’s new policies regulating ballot drop boxes.
    • 82 percent of respondents, including a majority of all groups tested, support the Georgia election law’s provisions requiring the state to monitor voting locations and reduce voting lines at polling stations with long lines.
    • 77 percent of respondents, including a majority of all groups, favor Georgia’s expansion of early voting to require two Saturdays and offer up to two Sundays.
    • 65 percent of respondents, including 49 percent of Democrats, 55 percent of MLB fans, all age groups, and 62 percent of non-white Americans, favor Georgia’s new policy allowing election offices to only send ballot request forms to voters who have requested them.
    • 81 percent of respondents said they favor the Georgia law’s provision allowing election officials to provide self-service water stations to voters waiting in line.
  • Americans want voters to be left alone while waiting in line to vote. Given the media coverage of the Georgia voting law’s provision limiting contact with voters while they are waiting in line to vote, we asked the respondents whether campaigns and political organizations should be allowed to approach voters or if voters should be left alone. Seventy-six percent of the respondents, including 71 percent of MLB fans, said voters should be left alone while waiting in line to vote.
  • Support for MLB’s decision significantly declines once Americans hear about what the Georgia law actually contains. After reviewing the law’s key provisions, 71 percent of the poll’s respondents said they are now more supportive of the measure, including 70 percent of Americans under 45; 60 percent of Democrats; 71 percent of MLB fans; and perhaps most notably, 63 percent of those who initially favored MLB’s decision to relocate the All-Star Game.
  • 54 percent of respondents said they were less supportive of MLB’s decision to leave Atlanta after they learned about the new Georgia election law. Although 55 percent of Americans begun the poll saying they backed MLB’s announcement, after hearing about the law’s key provisions, over half (54 percent) then said they became “less supportive” of the league’s action.
  • Americans believe politicians and some in the media are exaggerating when it comes to the Georgia law. Fifty-eight percent of respondents, including a majority of MLB fans, said politicians and some in the media are making the new Georgia election law sound worse than it actually is. Forty-two percent said politicians and the media are being “fair and accurate” in their criticisms.
  • Most Americans think MLB’s motives for moving the All-Star Game were driven by “politics and publicity.” Another reason why the Atlanta announcement is unlikely to provide the brand with a lasting boost is because most Americans doubt the sincerity of the announcement. Sixty-seven percent of respondents — including nearly half of those who initially support the league’s decision and 59 percent of MLB fans — say the league’s motivation to part ways with Atlanta is primarily “politics and publicity,” rather than a “genuine concern for voters in Georgia.”
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ABOUT THE STUDY

The online poll of 1,026 adults was conducted by SurveyMonkey between April 3-6, 2021 and has a confidence interval of ± 3.5%. The survey’s sample is 31% Republican, 34% Democrat, and 35% Independent. The 2020 voting preference of the sample was Biden +7.4 (vs. an actual result of Biden +4.5), indicating the sample has a slight Democratic bent, but within its margin of error.

Link to Survey Instrument Used To Conduct This Poll:  https://f.hubspotusercontent40.net/hubfs/6007149/Daily%20Wire%20MLB%20Poll%20-%20Survey%20Instrument.pdf?utm_campaign=Press&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=2&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9C6lk6MpG3KTPgUBiKRfHtISrWceen0R3Fa1wd1n_lUjp1W5nlnxn1UoiB5sAf3njfqh1NdS_Sd7Hr0Wm-4O4x_SUO5A&utm_content=2&utm_source=hs_email

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