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In surveys and political discourse, Republicans are increasingly critical of corporations, but not for the reasons Democrats have long held that view.
Republicans in Washington and around the country have soured on big business, joining Democrats in expressing concern that corporations wield too much influence. The shift has left corporate America with fewer allies in a tumultuous period for American society and the global economy.
The erosion of support is evident in opinion polls, on cable news and in political campaigning. It is the continued outgrowth of a populist surge among liberal and conservative Americans alike, but it is particularly pronounced on the right and often linked to the grievances of white voters on racial issues.
Republican voters nationwide have grown angry over what they perceive as unwelcome intrusions by corporate leaders into hot-button political debates, including decisions by large social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to remove former President Donald J. Trump from their platforms.
Coca-Cola, Delta, Microsoft and other major corporations in recent weeks have drawn fire from Republicans — and in some cases calls for boycotts — after explicitly or implicitly criticizing voting laws that have been passed or are under consideration in Georgia, Texas and Florida. Companies have faced similar criticism after speaking out in favor of stricter gun laws, transgender rights and other issues, and for cutting off donations to some Republican candidates after the siege of the U.S. Capitol in January.
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