GQR poll finds strong majority of Americans support regulating corporate ESG disclosures

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

A new national poll by GQR for Omidyar Network finds a 67% to 32% majority of registered voters support requiring large corporations to measure and publish their impacts on workers, communities and the environment.

This finding comes amid growing attention to companies’ ESG (Environment, Society and Governance) impacts and the trend toward businesses and investors measuring, managing, and disclosing performance on ESG factors.

The poll finds that Americans feel positive overall about business and its impact on society, while also supporting moves to increase transparency and accountability for corporations. You can download our report of findings at the bottom of this page.

In recent months ESG has been brought into a more political and partisan frame, in particular with actors on the right invoking the term “woke capitalism” to brand businesses and investors that have taken stances on issues like climate change and racial and LGBTQ equality.

In this context Omidyar Network commissioned GQR to conduct opinion research to gauge Americans’ attitudes to the role of business in the economy and society; how they feel about ESG and laws requiring corporate ESG disclosures; and how they respond to arguments in favor of and opposed to greater ESG disclosures.

GQR conducted two online, text-based focus groups of 30-32 respondents each, and a nationally representative online survey of 1,000 registered voters in the United States. The survey ran from July 1-5, 2022. Respondents were contacted from a panel sample of US residents.

Click here to download a full report of the research findings.

Omidyar Network: Established by philanthropists Pam and Pierre Omidyar, Omidyar Network is a social change venture that has committed more than $1 billion to innovative for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations since 2004. Omidyar Network works to reimagine critical systems and the ideas that govern them, and to build more inclusive and equitable societies in which individuals have the social, economic, and democratic power to thrive.