But in recent years, this pact has started to fracture. Democrats, driven by progressive activists, have moved further to the left on a wide range of economic policy issues. Under Mr. Trump, Republicans have become more hostile to free trade and immigration. After the assault on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, some leading companies and business groups announced they would cut donations to Republicans who had joined an effort to challenge in Congress the results of Mr. Trump in November against Mr. Biden, which prompted some Republican lawmakers. swear corporate donations.
Many senior leaders feel they have little choice. They are under pressure from customers and increasingly young and progressive employees to speak out publicly on major issues. And in the age of social media, businesses can be in as much trouble keeping quiet as they are weighing it down.
The poll data shows the pressure. A Gallup poll conducted in January, in the days leading up to and immediately following the Capitol Riot, found that only 31% of Republicans were happy with “the size and influence of big business.” This was down from 57% a year earlier.
And in a survey last month for The New York Times by the online research platform SurveyMonkey, 81% of Republicans who knew enough to form an opinion said it was inappropriate for business leaders. to denounce Georgian law. And 78% of Republicans said big business had too much influence on American life in general. (The survey was conducted before two coalitions of business leaders issued letters calling for expanded voting rights in Texas.)
Elena Adams, an interviewee in Northern California, said she began to feel American business was moving against her a few years ago, when Nike kissed Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the 49ers from San Francisco who gained widespread attention for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence.
“Basically I think we are celebrating people who are not for the United States and insisting that we are ashamed if we are not people of color,” she said. “This whole race story is racism reversed, it’s what’s going on.”
Ms Adams, 66, said she quit flying with Delta and buying Coca-Cola products. Since Major League Baseball moved the Atlanta All-Star Game to Georgia voting law, it has stopped following the Oakland Athletics. She ditched social media, believing companies like Facebook and Twitter are unfair to the Tories, and told purchasing managers at the emergency response company where she is a partner to avoid buying from companies that espouse liberal positions, although she said it was too. hard to completely avoid companies like Amazon and Google.