If you are a liberal (like me), you might be interested in knowing what the 10 most conservative companies in America are, so you know whom to hate, to protest against, to blame for everything that’s wrong with the world, etc. We also did a list of the 10 most liberal companies in the US for you to hate on (and to show we aren’t biased, even if I am) in case you think that liberals are Nazis and that food tastes better if you say thank you to a deity beforehand. Amen.
With the recent changes in the world’s political landscape, the differences between liberal and conservative ideologies have amplified and a war (of words, on the internet) is raging. Or, maybe the increased popularity of social media, which allows people to safely rant whilst hiding behind their virtual profiles, has put this conflict in the spotlight.
So, the differences in political views and the accessibility of the internet, which connects people from both sides of the aisle, led to the creation of tens (or maybe hundreds) of lists with companies that conservatives and liberals should boycott or support, depending on those companies’ perceptions as being liberal or conservative. Fortune, which releases an annual list of the 500 largest companies in America, contracted SurveyMonkey to conduct a poll and identify how those companies are viewed by liberals, moderates, and conservatives. What’s interesting is that, while the list included many differences, there were also similarities. For example, both liberals and conservatives like Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) (who doesn’t?), Alphabet, Walt Disney, and Microsoft. On the other hand, the poll also showed that liberals like Pepsi more than Coke (and vice-versa for conservatives), and conservatives are more likely to shop at Wal-Mart, while liberals buy their groceries at Target.
The truth is that in most cases, especially in the case of retailers and other companies that conduct their business directly with consumers, they will try to hide their political affiliation and attempt to appear bipartisan. They will support different organizations that promote different causes. For example, they can score high on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, but also be a partner of the Salvation Army, which supports traditional marriage. However, in many cases, supporting various organizations and causes is just a smokescreen, something to make a company look good and to be used as “alternative facts” to counter-argue whatever horrible thing that company did or may do in the future. So, it’s a small price to pay in exchange for some good publicity.
So, the best way to judge a company’s liberalism or conservatism is by what it has done regarding areas like LGBTQ rights, same-sex marriage, gun laws, environment issues, etc. It’s true that most companies try to be appealing to everyone, but over the years, some of them had a slip or two, where they expressed their true feelings, supported a political candidate, etc. and even though they might have changed over the years, or the position expressed by their top management doesn’t necessarily align with that of the company, they have been labeled as liberal or conservative.
So, with this in mind (and with my liberal bias playing some role), I’ve compiled a list of the 10 most conservative companies in America. Check it out beginning on the next page.