January 21, 2021

Readers Oppose Companies Taking Political Positions

A majority of readers voting in RIDE-CT & RIDE-New England’s latest poll oppose companies, such as motorcycle manufacturers, taking public positions on high-profile issues.

Results of the non-scientific poll showed 51 percent of voters saying “No way” to corporations being political in this manner. The poll was conducted between June 4 and 22.

The poll was prompted by Harley-Davidson and Zero Motorcycles using social media to condemn racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Floyd was the Black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

Harley-Davidson’s social media post against racism
Zero’s social media post against racism – Zero model pictured at top

A total of 25 percent of those participating in the poll were adamant that companies should “Absolutely” take public stands, while 22 percent believed it “Depends on the issue.”

An additional two percent said corporate position-taking is OK “only in extreme circumstances.”

Overall, the results of the poll showed an almost even divide in opinion; not unlike the political divide in the U.S.

New Poll Now Posted

A new poll has now been posted seeking the opinions of riders on how often they practice their skills while operating a motorcycle. Readers may vote atop the right-hand column on any page on the website.

Hello! You can help boost voter turnout by clicking on the social media buttons below and asking fellow riders to participate.

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