At least 64 percent of Americans are “less likely to support” big businesses such as Major League Baseball that take a public stand on political issues like the new Georgia election reforms law, a new poll from The Daily Wire found.
In the interview survey of 1,026 Americans, the number rises to 70 percent when respondents were asked if they agree that “corporations and sports teams should generally stay out of politics.”
These revelations come as multiple corporations including MLB, Coca-Cola, and Delta Air Lines released statements condemning the new law and threatened to boycott the state if changes were not made.
Following the MLB’s decision to relocate the All-Star Game to Colorado in protest of Georgia’s new election law, 79 percent of respondents who already viewed the MLB unfavorably view the organization less favorably. Of these respondents, 43 percent were Republican, 19 percent were Democrat, and 30 percent were independent. Those who say the MLB is unfavorable also contributed to the 44 percent of respondents who said they had a negative overall view of the league after the relocation decision.
“The poll also indicates that voters are wary of hyperbolic characterizations of the legislation with 58 percent — including a majority of non-white Americans and nearly half of MLB fans — saying ‘politicians and some in the media are exaggerating and making the new Georgia law sound worse than it actually is,’” the survey analysis suggested.
While MLB’s unfavorability appears to be climbing following Commissioner Robert Manfred’s decision, forty-two percent of the respondents said they support Georgia’s new law. An even higher number of MLB fans, 54 percent, say they agree with the election reform provisions outlined in the bill.
Using paraphrases from corporate media’s description of the Georgia law, the Daily Wire found that most Americans including minorities, Democrats, and MLB fans support many of the bill’s main provisions. While Seventy-eight percent of Americans appear to support requiring voter ID, 63 percent agree with limits on interactions with voters while they wait in line to vote, 65 percent back rules and restrictions for absentee ballot request forms, and 67 percent believe ballot drop boxes should be regulated and monitored.
The survey also found that 76 percent of respondents believe campaign workers and other organizations “should leave voters alone while they are waiting in line to vote.”