GOP voters breaking with corporate America's politics: poll

Republican voters are increasingly breaking with corporate America over political issues, according to a poll from the Public Affairs Council and Morning Consult released this week.

The survey found that 51 percent of Democrats trust the political information they receive from major companies, compared to 44 percent of Republicans. That’s a shift from last year, when 51 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of Democrats said they trusted corporations’ political messages.

Overall, 58 percent of both Democrats and Republicans approve of major companies, the poll found. Republicans’ favorability of major companies dropped by 7 percentage points year over year, while Democrats’ increased by 9 points.

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The shift comes as the GOP remakes itself in the image of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE and as corporate America increasingly weighs in on social issues. Major companies are generally aligned with Democrats on immigration, voting rights and LGBTQ protections while continuing to support GOP lawmakers’ push for lower taxes and less government regulation.   

The poll found that two-thirds of Democrats support when the business community speaks out against racism, compared to just 28 percent of Republicans. High-profile GOP lawmakers criticized major companies that voiced support for the Black Lives Matter movement after the police killing of George Floyd last year. 

“Some of the lack of trust in big business from Republicans is coming from that experience and feeling disappointed in companies for getting involved in some of these social issues,” said Public Affairs Council President Doug Pinkham.

This year, GOP lawmakers have escalated their attacks on major companies that pledged to suspend PAC donations to the 147 Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 election results.

The poll also found that only 42 percent of Republicans support corporate America’s efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccines — compared to 78 percent of Democrats — despite the vaccine’s proven effectiveness in saving lives.

The Public Affairs Council and Morning Consult surveyed 2199 adults from Sept. 2 to 6. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.