Although companies sometimes tend to be viewed as either liberal or conservative based on their public policy stances and political activities, the truth is that there are often wide ideological differences between the workforce and management at each.
To illustrate this, we analyzed the political contribution patterns of employees at major American companies, grouping them by general labor force and management roles. According to the data, electronics giant Ingram Micro exhibited the widest difference in ideology with a 38% match (a 62% gap), followed by retail giants Best Buy, Kroger, SuperValu, and foodservice distributor Sysco. Also making the top ten list were Lowe's, AT&T, Mondelez, Walmart, and The Home Depot with significant gaps ranging from 29% to 31%.
The political differences between employees and management often revolve around age-old questions such as - How do we protect workers without harming business? What role should unions play in the modern age? Should the US raise the minimum wage? As the debate rages on, you can find the politicians who most closely match your own views on these issues by clicking here.
But how do these powerful industries influence politics? The pharmaceutical industry, for example, has a clear ideological stance. Can you guess what it is?