Rasmussen: 61% hold favorable view of vilified fast-food chain

posted at 2:41 pm on August 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rasmussen Reports brings us the latest results of outrageous outrage over political/social opinions, which curiously look a lot like every other instance of outrageous outrage.  More than two weeks ago, CNN misreported an interview with Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy in which the well-documented Christian businessman pled “guilty” to believing in the long-standing Christian definition of marriage.  This shocking revelation (from the CEO of a company that stays closed on Sundays to observe the Christian sabbath) touched off protests around the nation, with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel declaring the fast-food-chain unwelcome for its lack of inclusiveness while welcoming Louis Farrakhan and his organization to patrol Chicago’s streets, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino threatening to block Cathy’s business for his religious beliefs before belatedly realizing that such an act would be illegal.

This, by the way, is a demonstration of official tolerance, in case you wondered.

Last week, the restaurant chain found itself in the middle of opposing protests, although the outcome was a clear no-contest.  Those results are hardly scientific, though.  What do people really think about Chick-fil-A, even after all the political controversy?  More than six in ten view the restaurant chain favorably, according to Rasmussen:

Ever since the president of Chick-fil-A volunteered his definition of marriage, the fast food chain has been the center of attention for friends and foes. While most voters view Chick-fil-A favorably, most don’t plan to change their eating habits because of the controversy.

Just 13% of Likely U.S. Voters are likely to participate in a boycott of Chick-fil-A restaurants, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. …

On the other hand, 31% say they will participate in efforts to show their appreciation for Chick-fil-A by eating more often at the restaurant chain. Fifty-five percent (55%) do not plan to eat more often at the chicken restaurant, but another 14% are undecided.

Color me shocked, shocked! to find that people don’t care about politics when it comes to choosing their restaurant.  If you think 13% is an impressive number of boycotters, earlier Rasmussen surveys showed that 17% wanted to boycott GM after the Bush/Obama bailouts, and only 27% actually chose or knew someone who chose not to do business with GM for that reason — and that was an issue that impacted every taxpayer, and inspired both the Tea Party and Occupy movements.   This result shows that the activist outrageous outrage over Cathy’s political expression was a fringe position all along.  (For that matter, so does the results of this week’s Starbucks Appreciation Day for backing same-sex marriage, as pronounced by none other than Michael Musto of the Village Voice.)

The lack of interest to Cathy’s position can’t be blamed on inattention.  More than two-thirds of all respondents (71%) followed the story somewhat or very closely, while only 6% said they hadn’t followed it at all.  Even among demographics favorable to the boycotters, the results tend to favor Chick-fil-A. The chain had unfavorable ratings from Democrats (37/51), liberals (29/63), and … that’s about it.  Younger voters (under 40) lean favorable 49/42, and that’s the closest the company comes to an unfavorable demographic in the rest of the survey.

Not surprisingly, that leads to even worse results for activists on the question of a boycott.  The best demographic for personal action in boycotting Chick-fil-A is among self-professed liberals at 33/51.  In almost every demographic, more than 2/3rds reject the idea of a boycott.  The “buycott” for support doesn’t win any demographics either, but it scores better than the boycott in every demo except Democrats (21/10 boycott/buycott), 18-39YOs (19/17), and liberals (33/5).

This makes the response for the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day even more remarkable.  Musto gripes that “it seems like we may have lost this particular battle, especially since the haters cagily framed their actions as being pro-freedom-of-speech,” but that explains the big turnout a lot more than opposition to same-sex marriage does — and that’s especially true when one notes the lack of opposing protests for SSM-activists’ celebration of Starbucks’ position on the issue.


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Viva America Libre!

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM

especially since the haters cagily framed their actions as being pro-freedom-of-speech

and it was so dang easy too!

DanMan on August 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

We are polling about chicken joints????

WTF?

faraway on August 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

By far Texas and Georgia probably have the most outlets and the chain probably enjoys a 99% favorability there. Interesting how the biggest bigmouth whinybabies are in places where they don’t even have Chick-fil-A.

Marcus on August 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Alternate title:
“Majority Uses Poll Of Majority To Justify Their Condemnation Of Minority”

What’s the news here?

fatlibertarianinokc on August 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Food fight! Lol…

I luvs me some CFA!

Hoping for lighter fare here :-)

Scrumpy on August 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Problem is that nobody likes Romney, and his failure to take a stand on Chick Fil A has way way exacerbated this. But I have a remedy, so bear with me.
A lot of people despise O, but a huge number of people love him. People say that Romney doesn’t have a core; yes he does, it’s patrician, like George Herbert Walker Bush. But nobody wants that anymore, not even the most vocal supporters of Romney, the Romneybots (those who were for Romney essentially from the start of the nomination fight), like Romney. Their only effective argument for liking Romney is that he is more electable. The Romneybots may argue that the core of Romney is an effective entrepreneurial businessman; but that doesn’t fly because now Romney is in politics, and he has to take positions that a businessman doesn’t need, and in politics Romney is GHWB.

And, unless Romney changes the horrible way in which he is conducting his campaign, the election is going to come down to likeability, and you know who is going to win that.
UNLESS… (see below)

Romney is trying to disappear in the eyes of the voters, cutting his wings on nearly all the major issues (except the sterile non-controversial “the economy”), providing a target that is as small as possible. What’s his position on immigration? Abortion? Gay marriage? Who knows??
All that is left is a big honking “Mitt is a big coreless positionless panderer.” This vision of Romney, that is the most salient now unfortunately, is hated by the voter, and Mitt ends up offending not only the left and center, but the right as well. Mitt becomes so disliked, because he won’t take controversial positions, that people choose to vote against him, even if they are independent voters that lean conservative, because they can always rationalize: “we’ll get it right inn 2016.”
UNLESS… look, Romney is going to dive in the polls (the conventions or a financial advantage won’t help) unless … he summons “all the kings men and all the kings horses” to remedy the perception that he cowardly runs away from almost all the issues. This becomes the defining negative, so offending some people by taking strong positions is a much lesser evil than offending everybody by appearing to be Mr Mush.
He needs to come out swinging on conservative issues. He needs to step on some leftist and Hispanic toes on immigration and gay issues; I see those 2 issues as providing the most obvious points where Mitt must stand out on the conservative side, or he will so easily be chalked up as exactly what people despise in him.

Take stands, get people talking about your stands, not how dislikable you are because you can never take a stand.

There are many single issues that are like honey for many types of potential single issue voters. But if Mitt retracts his ideological persona into nothing, all voters will repelled, even those that “technically” agree with Mitt (like against gay marriage).
See this article for a scientific argument about the need for candidates to appear ideologically commmited to the voter, and for a thorough rebuttal to the “median voter theory” that Mitt appears to be following: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080808105004.htm

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

We are polling about chicken joints????

WTF?

faraway on August 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

No kidding. Can we get back to serious polls about Levi Johnston and Obama protecting us from aliens?

Doughboy on August 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Isn’t this off topic? By a lot?

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Before this big dust-up, I had only eaten at a Chick-Fil-A maybe twice in my entire life. Since last week I’ve eaten there twice already.

I will continue to support them. I like the food, and sticking a finger in the eye of the rebid left is a nice added bonus.

UltimateBob on August 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

fatlibertarianinokc on August 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Not a condemnation. It is the celebration of the 1st Amendment. You should always celebreate it too.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

and it was so dang easy too!

DanMan on August 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

And delicious.

kringeesmom on August 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

The support last week was also a poke in the eye to big government Democrats like Emanuel. They may have the title, but We the People have the power.

Liam on August 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

On my way to CFA for a delicious sandwich followed by a Papa John’s pizza tonight (thanks to the founder’s telling the truth about how Obamacare will result in price increases). The only downside is all this “support” is going to be hell on my thighs —

natasha333 on August 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

fatlibertarianinokc on August 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Not a condemnation. It is the celebration of the 1st Amendment. You should always celebreate it too.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Or at least once in a while. That would be a step in the right direction.

UltimateBob on August 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Not a condemnation. It is the celebration of the 1st Amendment. You should always celebreate it too.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Haven’t you got the memo? Any disagreement with one of the left’s permanently aggrieved hive-minds means you hate them with the passion of a white hot star and want to express this hatred by putting kittens in a wood chipper.

CurtZHP on August 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Can the geys hit up Schlotszky’s Deli next? I mean, we can haz some variety, right???

/

ted c on August 8, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Musto gripes that “it seems like we may have lost this particular battle, especially since the haters cagily framed their actions as being pro-freedom-of-speech,” but that explains the big turnout a lot more than opposition to same-sex marriage does — and that’s especially true when one notes the lack of opposing protests for SSM-activists’ celebration of Starbucks’ position on the issue.

damn you all you cagey haters out there…..damn you!
/libs.

ted c on August 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM

inthemiddle never answered me yesterday before he/she ran off in shame when I asked how his/her threatened kiss-in at CFA went. It heard it was a nationwide flop.

Liam on August 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM

CFA is an Olympic sponser. Every time I see that I just have to chuckle.

CFA commercials all over NBC. What’s not to love.

bluealice on August 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Isn’t this off topic? By a lot?

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Well, I thought it was on topic. I had worked on my comment earlier, but wanted an on topic spot. Mitt’s not taking a stand on Chick Fil A was the thing that I feel is driving Mitt down, in the sense that people are reverting to seeing him as coreless. Anyway, I hope my opus is on topic for election, whether you agree with it, it is essential my 2 cents.

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

damn you all you cagey haters out there…..damn you!
/libs.

ted c on August 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Better to be cagey than caged, I always say.

Liam on August 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Can the geys hit up Schlotszky’s Deli next? I mean, we can haz some variety, right???

/

ted c on August 8, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Man, I haven’t had Slutsky’s in years. Too much mayo and pepper on their sammiches. I’ve gravitated toward Which Wich and Lenny’s recently.

Doughboy on August 8, 2012 at 3:03 PM

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Isn’t this off topic? By a lot?

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Me thinks dude needs his own blog.

bluealice on August 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Who cares? “That,s not something that’s part of my campaign”.

celticdefender on August 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Rasmussen: 61% hold favorable view of vilified fast-food chain

Ed chums the waters trying to catch a wild Statist.

batterup on August 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Starbucks Appreciation Day was yesterday. It’s hard to find any news on it. It was pretty much of a bust even in NYC. I mean, if they can’t make it there, they can’t make it anywhere! :)

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/2012/08/starbucks_appre.php

INC on August 8, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I’m boycotting GM, but that’s more about my dislike of hanging out in the emergency lane, waiting for the tow truck to show up, than it is about politics.

NoDonkey on August 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

So in other words the kiss-in failed because of the message.

docflash on August 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

KFC hardest hit…

PatriotRider on August 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Isn’t this off topic? By a lot?

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Think of it as his “Emily Litella” moment…

VietVet_Dave on August 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

bluealice on August 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Sorry for the length of my post. I actually have done 1 blog entry (but I need to review how to do the blogspot stuff!), concerning the 2010 Carly Fiorina campaign in CA, and it deals exactly with her (kind of like Romney now) need to take firm ideological stands. Click my name for my blog (which just has that one entry).

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Isn’t this off topic? By a lot?

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

No, it’s not off topic.

And considering the way threads become wildly off topic with comments not even remotely connected to the original post, I can’t believe you brought this up.

INC on August 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Y’know…it’s almost like 78% of Americans are Christians…or something.

kingsjester on August 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM

In six months it will 60%. Another six months 54%. A year or two, 49%. The Left will keep pounding away. Attrition. It’s how they do things.

rrpjr on August 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Funny, too, about all this is that six months ago, Congressman Allen West bought CFA for lunch with the Congressional Black Caucus. The person buying lunch rotates among the members when they have their meetings.

Yesterday, though–six months later–the members of the caucus are acting all offended about that lunch choice. Never mind that there probably weren’t enough scraps left after that meal to feed a sparrow.

God! Liberals are such prissy little whiners!

Liam on August 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM

No, it’s not off topic.

And considering the way threads become wildly off topic with comments not even remotely connected to the original post, I can’t believe you brought this up.

INC on August 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I realized this after I reread it…I just woke up…

I actually agree with joe’s post. apologies!

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Your comment didn’t seem like you! We all have days when we need more coffee! :)

INC on August 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

We are polling about chicken joints????

It’s not about chicken joints any more than some paid liar stating his wife died of cancer because of a Romney business decision is about business administration. It is about First Amendment rights and fascism. Period!

MaiDee on August 8, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Dan Cathy probably made lot$ of $$$ with hi$ comment$ in defen$e of traditional marriage.

A word to the wise for business owners who do not sell condoms or sex toys…

In other news, while the majority of likely voters had a favorable view of Chick-Fil-A, opinions among poultry were more sharply divided, with an extraordinarily wide gender gap. Ninety-nine percent (99%) of roosters and 97% of capons believed that Dan Cathy acted stupidly.

However, 76% of hens had a favorable opinion of Cathy’s claims on human marriage, of whom 68% agree with President Obama that it’s better not to be burdened with babies when roosters are removed from the barnyard. Twenty-two percent (22%) of hens opposed Cathy’s opinions, of whom 15% agreed with Cathy in principle, but that his actions deprived them of suitable mates and fathers for their chicks, and 7% protested that reduced Egg McMuffin sales put their jobs at risk.

Three percent (3%) of capons and 2% of hens had no opinion, and crossed the road.

Steve Z on August 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

yeah yeah sure. but how is CFA doing in the SWING states, eh!!

t8stlikchkn on August 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Thanks! I was a bit.. concerned. Because on afterthought I thought “whoa! that’s too long!” Anyway, I hope it adds something to the conversation. To those that disagree, I’m easy.

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I’ve apparently been “boycotting” Starbucks from its inception and now I have a reason. Thanks, Starbucks.

TXUS on August 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

2012: If you’re against gay marriage, you’re a HATER!
2013: If you haven’t had gay sex, you’re a HATER!
2014: If you are not actively gay, you’re a HATER!

John the Libertarian on August 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Adam Smith:

Eat Mor Crow

FlatFoot on August 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Conservatives will continue to support Starbucks because they are strong supporters of the Second Amendment. If your state allows open and/or concealed carry you and your gun are welcome.

jerryofva on August 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I’ve got news for the left. The right always wins in these buycott things. Why? We have the clout and the cash. The left are a bunch of freeloaders. They buy a latte at Starbucks and then sit there all day mooching off the free wifi without ever buying another latte. That’s why they fail. In the CFA action folks from the right came, they bought LOTS and then they left.

Hollywood still doesn’t seem to understand that if you tick off the right you may not have a job. I’ve been buycotting Hwood for years. I see very few movies and I’ve got lots of friends who are doing the same thing. There’s a reason Hwood revenues are down. True their product stinks but it’s also the quiet buycotting from the right. Zack Galenpufus (or however you pronounce his name) should remember this.

Chick-Fil-A is delicious and so is freedom of speech.

neyney on August 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Can the “Justice” Department indict a chicken sandwich?

NoDonkey on August 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Alternate title:
“Majority Uses Poll Of Majority To Justify Their Condemnation Of Minority”

What’s the news here?

fatlibertarianinokc on August 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Better question: why do you think supporting Chick-Fil-A = wanting to murder gay people?

Your tactics are nothing more than that of the teenage girl who screams “I hate you” and runs to her room and slams the door. Watch as the rest of America laughs at you and waits until you starve yourself out, as your parents SHOULD have done to help you grow out of such worthless drama-queen tactics.

If you want to make this a dichotomous choice, fine. Watch the rest of America laugh at you as you and the rest of your so-called “libertarian” friends sink screaming into the muck of ignoring right next to Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Sandra Fluke, CAIR, and the rest of the race/gender/Islam/sexual orientation-baiters.

northdallasthirty on August 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Have a virtual book marker?
/

hillsoftx on August 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

2013: If you haven’t had gay sex, you’re a HATER!
2014: If you are not actively gay, you’re a HATER!

John the Libertarian on August 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I have put that premise before pro-gay liberals many times, asking them why they won’t indulge if it’s okay to be gay. They tend to freak in various measures, sometimes sounding more ‘anti-gay’ than the stereotypes of Conservatives that liberals blab about all the time.

Liam on August 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

My sincerest gratitude to Mr. Chicage Values himself, the honorable Rahm Emmanuel, for all of the free publicity and record breaking sales.

-Dan Cathy

labrat on August 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

neyney on August 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I mess with Hollywood by not taking a date to one of their films. Later, when the movie is out on DVD and I want it, I buy it used; I won’t rent or buy new. That way, none of my money goes into the pockets of rich one-percenter Hollywood leftists. I get what I want from them, and they get nothing from me.

Liam on August 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Not even 60 comments.
Hopefully indicative that we are nearing the end of this flavor of the day ‘story’.

verbaluce on August 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Not even 60 comments.
Hopefully indicative that we are nearing the end of this flavor of the day ‘story’.

verbaluce on August 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Translation: I wish these wingnuts would stop rubbing it in.

CurtZHP on August 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM

This was actually a very amusing little distraction like car-elevator-gate and Seamusgate.

I’ll admit I used Progressive Insurance for our vehicles for several years because the coverage and price was right, even though the CEO is an enormous lefty who supports all kinds of left wing craziness.

When an undocumented Democrat smashed the crap out of my Wife’s planet destroying SUV they were entirely professional in settling.

CorporatePiggy on August 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Shocka.

Pro-Chick-fil-A folks are all-American, while their opponents are angry liberals (who are more likely to be anti-American).

itsnotaboutme on August 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Translation: I wish these wingnuts would stop rubbing it in.

CurtZHP on August 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Ha.
Well almost –
more accurately ‘I wish these wingnuts would stop’.

verbaluce on August 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Apoloigies. I usually just scroll past very long posts.

I am now firmly in the Romney camp, but I get where you’re coming from. So tired of the haters.

bluealice on August 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Not even 60 comments.
Hopefully indicative that we are nearing the end of this flavor of the day ‘story’.

verbaluce on August 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Quit talking about your failures?

nah.

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Anyway, I hope my opus is on topic for election, whether you agree with it, it is essential my 2 cents.

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Well, you can shove your 2 cents, you concern troll O-bot OWSer socialist commie scum! Living in your mommy’s basement, anotherSchmoe! Everybody knows that once Mitt sees this poll, he’ll come out strongly for Chick-fil-A next week! DUH!!!!! /

ddrintn on August 8, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Just a word about thread response and importance of subject on hot Air. I see NO relationship at all. If some dimwit like Megan McCain were to comment negatively on something Sarah Palin did, said or wore it would be good for 400-500 comments.

MaiDee on August 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Just a word about thread response and importance of subject on hot Air. I see NO relationship at all. If some dimwit like Megan McCain were to comment negatively on something Sarah Palin did, said or wore it would be good for 400-500 comments.

MaiDee on August 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I do. It means that Sarah Palin is more important and more interesting to people who frequent this site than a Rasmussen poll about Chick-fil-A or most posts about Romney.

ddrintn on August 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I hate haters.

johnnybravo on August 8, 2012 at 5:02 PM

In six months it will 60%. Another six months 54%. A year or two, 49%. The Left will keep pounding away. Attrition. It’s how they do things.

rrpjr on August 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I
t will be hard for the left to attrit (wear down) once they have been vaporized (November 6)

RobBert on August 8, 2012 at 5:02 PM

inthemiddle never answered me yesterday before he/she ran off in shame when I asked how his/her threatened kiss-in at CFA went. It heard it was a nationwide flop.

Liam on August 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Careful, inthemiddleofobamasbuttcheeks made it clear that she was not a participant, but would only be ‘driving a van’ full of those that would participate. Funny that she was so careful to let us know that while she supports the gays, she is not one herself.

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Food fight! Lol…

I luvs me some CFA!

Hoping for lighter fare here :-)

Scrumpy on August 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Try the Peach shake!

RobBert on August 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

If she’s pro-gay but refuses to play that way, she’s still a bigot.

Liam on August 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

You certainly make a lot of broad statements with a certitude that apparently, to me, is based on what you want to think is true, not upon what is apparently true to many other observers. In fact, your certitude is rivals a proactive Gay Lesbian, or a bible thumping southern baptist preacher. Hows about providing some substantiation for your statements i.e. “nobody likes Romney” Obviously, somebody likes him or he wouldn’t have won so mnay primaries. Probably others like him but didn’t vote for him in the primaries.

Here is a little tip: The statements that follow absolutes (always, never, everybody, nobody,etc.) are generally false (if not always false) – but I don’t want to use the word always in my statement or it will become a tautology. (look up the word.)

Old Country Boy on August 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Show you opposition to Obama by having chicken for dinner instead of dog.

VorDaj on August 8, 2012 at 5:28 PM

When the CEO came out and made those comments I seen nothing wrong with those who disagree with him calling for a protest of Chik-Fil-A. I also seen nothing wrong with those who choose to hold a eat in/counter protest to support Chik-Fil-A. We all have the right to protest in what ever non violent way that we choose. I did have a problem with mayors implying they couldnt build in certain places but to those who were outraged by that, I would say be consistent because I had just as big of a problem with those on the right who were saying that Muslims shouldnt be able to build a community center in New York.

As far as Chik-Fil-A as a business goes though I know no matter what, they just want this behind them. As a business I dont think their interested in making this an Conservative vs Liberal battle, why would they be? As a business why would you willingily do something to effectively shrink half your market share? Record profits over one day is great and all but you dont trade that for a quarter or your customer base never returning again. I believe the CEO should have just kept his personal opinions to himself or clarified that he’s speaking on behalf of his self and not chik fil a as a whole. He has franchises that may hold totatly different views.

Politricks on August 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Old Country Boy on August 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I like your name, Old Country Boy. Anyway, I’m trying to walk my own disappointment with Romney back, so I can’t disagree with you. My point about “nobody” liking Mitt was meant to approximate the actual truth with implied license, but your point is still taken. I could argue that Romney got the nomination because -all- of the alternatives came up woefully short, but I’m going to turn over a new leaf and start trying to like Mitt again (I was a bit disconcerted by his lack of support for CFA, and that threw me off stride). One thing I just noted in another thread that may help us start to warm up again to Mitt is this 1994 1 minute video of him arguing against a govt takeover of health care. It does sound sincere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTnKh8oQ6YI&info=Mitt1994HealthCare

anotherJoe on August 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Sorry that the importance of Chick Fil-A has been entirely lost.The point is that leftist fascists attempted to destroy a business because its owner held a view opposite of Politically Correct thinking. A defeat here would have been a major disaster for freedom.

The technique of ‘reductio ad absurdum’ was used by many thus reducing this case to the frivolity because it involved fast food chicken. Anyone can use this technique to reduce anything to insignificance. Battle of Gettysburg? Who care who controls a small hick town in southern Pennsylvania. Olympics? Why watch a bunch of goons, half of them on steroids (the other half paid under the table mercenaries) excelling at sports that no one watches at any other time. On and on.

MaiDee on August 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I’m boycotting Wendy’s since they caved in to Color of Change. And I REALLY love Frosties & Spicy Chicken. I’m also boycotting Men’s Warehouse for the OWS support. They both lost a lot of my $$ this year.
When companies do things we don’t like…ALL of us are entitled to take our business elsewhere.
When public officials start trying to deny those businesses the same LAW as other businesses…THAT should be illegal.
Of course, when businesses INTENTIONALLY decide to appeal to 61% of the market instead of 100% of the market…one might also question the judgement of senior management. In the case of a public company…it would have shareholder implications. But if you own the whole thing, guess you can do any stupid thing you want to.

camaraderie on August 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I believe the CEO should have just kept his personal opinions to himself or clarified that he’s speaking on behalf of his self and not chik fil a as a whole. He has franchises that may hold totatly different views.

Do you believe this because he holda a view with which you don’t agree? Or are you afraid of the librul media pouncing on this and making “something” of it? I think, since a huge number of librtul CEOs have already crawled out from under their rocks and have spouted off on subjects dear to the hearts of the libruls, it is only fair that, every once in a while, we hear from a conservative or religious CEO. Of course, to follow your advice, we should only be able to hear from librula.

Old Country Boy on August 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Old Country Boy on August 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Sorry – I reversed the quote.

Old Country Boy on August 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

As far as Chik-Fil-A as a business goes though I know no matter what, they just want this behind them.

Politricks on August 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

No doubt. For example, you just know that the NCAA will be faced with unbelievable pressure to take away Chick-fil-A’s sponsorship of the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. The uproarious uproar of the last couple weeks will be playing out all over again as bowl season nears.

As a business why would you willingily do something to effectively shrink half your market share?

I think you’re just a tad overstating the potential impact on a business from something like this. I’ll wager Chick-fil-A maybe had a loss of of 0.5% of it’s customer base, and half of those will likely start coming back once they get a longin’ for some of that yummy chicken.

I believe the CEO should have just kept his personal opinions to himself or clarified that he’s speaking on behalf of his self and not chik fil a as a whole. He has franchises that may hold totatly different views.

I agree about the franchises. Our local franchisee posted a lame apology for Mr. Cathy’s statements on his store’s Facebook page, essentially stating that Mr. Cathy doesn’t speak for his store, where all people of all persuasions are welcome all the time!!!!11! Gee whiz, didn’t he research the philosophy of the Cathy family before he bought the dang franchise? Duh. As far as Mr. Cathy himself, I thought he did say this was just his personal opinion.

KS Rex on August 8, 2012 at 6:32 PM

If I had as struggling business I would come out and say I’m against gay marriage.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 8, 2012 at 6:42 PM

If I had as struggling business I would come out and say I’m against gay marriage.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 8, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Based on the CFA experience, definitely. They have made hundreds of thousands of new customers in the last few weeks, and loyal customers have turned up their business. A few liberals and gays that might have gone there will lay off for a while. Net is a huge gain in revenue.

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I believe the CEO should have just kept his personal opinions to himself or clarified that he’s speaking on behalf of his self and not chik fil a as a whole. He has franchises that may hold totatly different views.

Politricks on August 8, 2012

It is his frickin business. It wasn’t like this was a secret and it certainly isn’t a secret to franchise owners who have to agree to strict things before they sign up as a franchise.

BIG FRICKIN SHOCKER- a evangelical Christian is against gay marriage. It certainly hasn’t hurt his business..

melle1228 on August 8, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I believe the CEO should have just kept his personal opinions to himself or clarified that he’s speaking on behalf of his self and not chik fil a as a whole. He has franchises that may hold totatly different views.

Politricks on August 8, 2012

Yeah but the media blew this way the hell out of proportion. One offhand comment from one pampered prince in the company and suddenly the entire business is “OMG GHEY H8RS!!!!”.

And like has been said – this shouldn’t really be a surprise, except that our culture goes nuts when someone says the flipping obvious.

MelonCollie on August 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Better question: why do you think supporting Chick-Fil-A = wanting to murder gay people?

Your tactics are nothing more than that of the teenage girl who screams “I hate you” and runs to her room and slams the door. Watch as the rest of America laughs at you and waits until you starve yourself out, as your parents SHOULD have done to help you grow out of such worthless drama-queen tactics.

If you want to make this a dichotomous choice, fine. Watch the rest of America laugh at you as you and the rest of your so-called “libertarian” friends sink screaming into the muck of ignoring right next to Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Sandra Fluke, CAIR, and the rest of the race/gender/Islam/sexual orientation-baiters.

northdallasthirty on August 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

You seem to be saying I am right – The majority will continue to seek to deny a minority the right of gay marriage. Gay people rarely become violent in their calls for legal gay marriage. I do wonder if that won’t change after this event. Society in general is more stressed and angry due to the economy, and the use of the government as a tool of violent force. This, as most uses of force, will not end without violence.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM

fatlibertarianinokc on August 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM

So the gays should go on Butch’s list of possible domestic terrorists?

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Luv chiken now!

paulsur on August 8, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Starting last week… Tuesdays and Thursdays are Chick-fil-A salad for dinner days. Awesome salads for $5… Thanks lefty lunatic mayors for wakin me up to a great place to eat!

It’s all about freedom from Big Gov tyranny.
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RalphyBoy on August 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM