When it comes to voting with our dollars, Seattleites rank among the top in the nation.
The opening of a fast-food restaurant in the suburbs isn’t typically a news event — but when that restaurant is a Chick-fil-A, it’s another story.
The Atlanta-based factory-farm-to-table eatery, which is about to expand into the Seattle area, is better known around these parts for donating millions to anti-gay groups than it is for its cuisine. That’s not a great way to make friends in Seattle. To wit, one Seattle Times reader commented online: “This is awesome news. I’ve spent years not eating there from a distance and now I can not eat there locally.”
There’s no question, some companies just rub a lot of people here the wrong way. And when it comes to voting with our dollars, recently released data rank Seattle No. 2 in the nation.
According to the Current Population Survey, a joint undertaking of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, 27.3 percent of adults in the Seattle metropolitan area say they are boycotting (or its opposite, “buycotting”) a product or service based on a company’s social or political values. The only place that tops us is — where else? — Portland.
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It’s true: We love a good boycott here. Just off the top of my head, I can think of several in recent years. We’ve boycotted Seattle businesses opposed to a $15 minimum wage, and had a union-led boycott of the city’s two Hyatt hotels. The City Council voted unanimously to boycott the state of Arizona over its anti-immigration policies back in 2010. Plus, local celebrity sex-columnist Dan Savage made national news when he spearheaded a boycott of Stoli vodka over anti-gay policies in Russia.
It’s not just liberals who boycott, of course. Conservative Christian leaders have called for boycotts of many companies, including Seattle-based Starbucks and Amazon (both have been targeted for their support of marriage equality). So it’s not surprising to see a couple more conservative metros — Salt Lake City and Lexington, Ky. — place in the top five.
But what about San Jose, Calif., which ranks third? My guess: Maybe it’s all those Apple employees boycotting Microsoft products.