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Most US consumers say it is important for companies to take stands on social/political issues, but most also say corporate activism should revolve around only certain causes and on certain channels, according to recent research from Sprout Social.

The report was based on data from a survey of 1,022 adults age 18 and older in the United States.

Some 24% of respondents say it is very important that brands take stands on social/political issues, and 41% say it is somewhat important that brands take stands on social/political issues.

Some 58% of consumers are receptive to brands' taking social/political stands on social media, and 47% are receptive to brands' taking stands on television.

Only 18% of consumers are receptive to brands' taking social/political stands via billboards, and just 6% are receptive to brands' taking stands via SMS/text messages.

Some 43% of consumers say they would purchase more from a brand that takes social/political stands that they agree with.

However, 53% of consumers say they would purchase less from a brand that takes social/political stands that they disagree with.

Consumers are most open to brands' taking stands on issues such as human rights, labor laws, poverty, and gender equality.

Consumers say the most effective ways brands can take stands on issues on social media are to announce donations and encourage followers to take action.

Some 78% of consumers who identify as liberal want brands to take social/political stands, compared with just 52% consumers who identify as conservative.

Moreover, 80% of liberals think it’s important for brands to take stands on social media, compared with only 39% of conservatives who say so.

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey of 1,022 adults age 18 and older in the United States.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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