After the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade became official on Friday, Disney was just one of many Fortune 500 companies that promised to help employees obtain abortions by paying for their travel expenses, as The Free Press reported.
Liberals applauded the decision, which some major firms had announced in early May, when the draft of the opinion overturning Roe was first leaked.
But once again, as America’s corporate giants wade into another culture war battle, most Americans are telling them not to.
A USA Today-Suffolk University poll released on Wednesday, two days before the opinion dropped, asked respondents, “Do you think corporations have a responsibility to speak out on abortion rights on behalf of their workers – in support or opposition – or should corporations not take a stand?”
The overwhelming answer: butt out.
According to the poll, 67.5 percent said companies “should not take a stand” on abortion.
In contrast, just 23 percent said major companies should publicly defend abortion access for their workers.
Roughly 3 percent said companies should oppose that for workers.
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The results follow other surveys taken in recent months, as corporations have felt the need to go more woke – especially on racial or LGBTQ matters.
Last month, for instance, the Trafalgar Group released poll results that found 87.1 percent of respondents across the board were very or somewhat likely “to stop using a product or service of a company that openly advocates for a political agenda,” The Washington Times reported. By party, 93.4 percent of Republicans agreed with that statement, as did 84.5 percent of Democrats and 82.6 percent of independents.
In November, the business analysis firm Brunswick Insight released a poll that revealed only 36 percent of respondents “agree unequivocally that companies should speak out on social issues.”
Even at the moment when liberals claimed our country was on the brink, many Americans did not want to hear from CEOs.
Ipsos took a poll on Joe Biden’s pending inauguration after the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. Just 57 percent of respondents felt it “was appropriate for companies/brands and corporate executives to comment on the insurgency” – and even that was to only advocate for a “peaceful transition of power.”
“Americans placed CEOs and businesses behind politicians, business association leaders, religious leaders, business employees and media personalities, and just ahead of celebrities and professional athletes as those they wanted to hear from at that time,” Ipsos noted at the time.
“Even though slightly more than half of Americans would welcome hearing from companies and executives in situations like this, it’s still important to avoid commentary that comes across as overtly political or partisan,” the pollster added.
Even at that tense moment, by only a 44-41 margin did respondents think it was acceptable for companies to announce that they would halt “political donations to senators and representatives who opposed Electoral College certificational numbers.”
“More broadly,” Ipsos added, “the survey indicates companies and their leaders do not have free reign to chime in on all sociopolitical events. … the more partisan an event, the less people want to hear from a CEO.”