Survey: Widespread Fear Amongst Conservatives at Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple...
Last August, Google senior software engineer James Damore was fired after he released a memo revealing the tech giant to be an "ideological echo chamber." He is now suing the company for gender, racial, and viewpoint discrimination. A new survey released Friday suggests that not only do employees at tech companies in Silicon Valley admit their workplaces are "liberal" or "very liberal," but they admit to self-censorship on the job -- and conservatives feel less comfortable expressing their views on the job after Damore's firing.
"The consensus across the political spectrum that there is a real 'fire' when it comes to this this issue in tech was surprising," Garrett Johnson, co-founder of the Lincoln Network, the tech-politics company that commissioned the survey, told PJ Media. He remarked on "the liberal bias in tech companies and efforts to silence, to the extent that even 30 percent of very liberal people are hesitant to engage."
The Lincoln Network survey, taken last December, examined Silicon Valley employees at Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Instacart, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, and Salesforce. Workers from across the ideological spectrum agreed that their offices were "liberal" or "very liberal," and many said they could not "be themselves" at work.
When asked "how would you characterize the ideological and cultural norms in your workplace?" 67 percent of Silicon Valley tech employees went for "liberal" or "very liberal."
More than three-quarters of "very conservative" employees (76 percent) said their workplaces were left of center, as did most "conservative" employees (71 percent). Those who identified as "libertarian" (69 percent) and "moderate" (67 percent) agreed. Even Silicon Valley employees who called themselves "liberal" (75 percent) and "very liberal" (51 percent) admitted their workplace was dominated by a left-wing atmosphere.
One liberal worker lamented that "there are people who are looking for a reason to be offended, and any sort of disagreement would make them wonder if I'm a secret Trump supporter. The idea of 'I agree with you 90%' is not enough." A moderate/libertarian recalled, "In numerous conversations, no one ever took the Republican side. The conversation was always around why Hillary was right."
A conservative put it bluntly: "It's a postmodern secularist Silicon Valley viewpoint. Highly liberal." A moderate agreed, saying, "My workplace is liberal. And atheist/agnostic."e
When asked if they could "truly bring their whole selves to work," most right-leaning Silicon Valley employees emphatically said they were "hesitant" to be themselves at the office. A whopping 89 percent of very right-leaning workers and 74 percent of conservative employees agreed with the statement, "I am hesitant of being myself at work." More than two-thirds (69 percent) of libertarians also agreed, as did half of moderates (50 percent).