39% Believe It’s Appropriate for Companies To Leave State Over Laws Unrelated to the Business

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of U.S. Adults believe it is appropriate for a company to leave a state because it disapproves of laws completely unrelated to their business. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 41% take the opposite view and believe that such a decision is not appropriate. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

A plurality of Democrats (47%) believes it is appropriate for a business to leave the state over unrelated issues. A plurality of Republicans (48%) takes the opposite view. Among Independent voters, 33% consider it appropriate while 42% disagree.

One interesting divide is found along ideological lines. People with strong political convictions are more likely to approve of a company leaving the state over laws unrelated to the business. Fifty four percent (54%) of Very Liberal adults think it’s appropriate as do 49% of Very Conservative voters.

However, just 39% of those with Somewhat Liberal views agree, along with 33% of Moderates and 31% of those with Somewhat Conservative views.

Other data shows that solid majorities consider it is appropriate for businesses to leave a state for other reasons. Sixty-six percent (66%) think it’s appropriate to move if another state has a lower cost of living; 60% say it’s appropriate to leave because the state’s taxes are too high; and, 59% say it’s appropriate if the company disapproves of laws directly affecting the business.

Data released earlier showed that 66% of adults believe companies should avoid taking positions on political issues. Another 8% thought it appropriates for companies to weigh in on topics related to their businesses. Twenty-five percent (25%) believe it is better for businesses to clearly express their views on a wide variety of issues.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The online survey of 1,000 U.S. Adults was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from April 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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