Disney CEO Bob Chapek and the Mouse House are under fire for their opposition to Florida’s H.B. 1557 “Parental Rights in Education” bill, which has been labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill by opponents and an “Anti-Grooming” Bill by supporters.
The Daily Wire poll found over two-thirds of Americans and most Disney consumers said the company is wrong to be against the legislation.
“As previously reported, the national poll of U.S. adults was conducted over the weekend by market research technology platform Lucid on behalf of The Daily Wire. The survey’s 1,000 person sample was 37% Democrat, 32% Republican, and 31% Independent.
“Consistent with the official 2020 popular vote totals, the poll showed a +4 point advantage for President Joe Biden in the 2020 ballot among the respondents who said they voted in the election. Additionally, it asked the respondents to identify companies whose products they buy or use, and among them was Disney.”
The poll presented the text of the bill and this question:
“Which of the following statements do you agree with the most, even if none of them is perfect?” the poll asked before offering the two following choices:
Disney is wrong. This proposal would protect children from inappropriate topics that should be discussed by parents.
Disney is right. This proposal would be harmful to the LGBTQ community.
Sixty-seven percent of Americans said Disney was “wrong,” while 33% said the company is “right.”
Among Disney consumers, 61% said the company was wrong, and 39% said its stance is right.
Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeannette Nuñez told The Daily Wire that Disney is out of touch with parents and its own consumers.
“Disney is a corporation with a family-friendly brand. They should remember that the same families who take their kids to Disney parks and watch Disney shows also support age-appropriate education and parental rights,” Nuñez is quoted as saying.
Chapek told shareholders last week that he called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) Wednesday morning to express Disney’s “disappointment and concern” over the proposal.
The Disney CEO argued that if the legislation becomes law it “could be used to unfairly target gay, lesbian, non-binary and transgender kids and families.”
More details from the poll: Disney consumers:
- 63% supported the Florida bill’s restrictions on K-3 instructions on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- 64% believed it is inappropriate for teachers to instruct K-3 students on sexual orientation
- 63% believed it’s inappropriate for teachers to instruct K-3 students on gender identity
- 63% believed schools should notify parents if kids identify as a different gender at school
- 61% said Disney’s stance on this issue is wrong. The proposal would protect children from inappropriate topics.