Jul 17, 2018

Danger zones for corporate advocacy

Data: Morning Consult; Chart: Kerrie Vila/Axios

Americans have strong opinions about which issues brands should stay away from in the age of Trump.

Why it matters: Corporations are facing enormous social pressure, especially from younger generations on social media, to fill a void left by governmental gridlock and mistrust of government as an institution. But it can be tricky for a brand to determine which issues to take a stand on and which to avoid.

Key findings: Support for civil and gay rights are the least controversial political positions brands can take, according to a new Morning Consult survey. By comparison, fewer people thinks brands should speak out for issues around gun control. Abortion remains deeply divisive.

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Attention Capital is acquiring Girlboss

Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Girlboss Rally NYC 2018

Attention Capital, the new media and technology investment firm, announced Tuesday morning that it's acquiring Girlboss, a media company geared towards female millennials that was founded by female fashion entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso.

The big picture: It's the latest example of a venture group consolidating smaller media startups or struggling legacy media brands.

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Poll: Biden top but lower tier candidates enjoy debate boost

Former Vice President Joe Biden during the sixth Democratic primary debate in Los Angeles. Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden made the most favorable impression following last week's debate, but lower-tier 2020 candidates Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer all enjoyed a boost from the spotlight, a Morning Consult poll published Monday shows.

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Axios-NewsWhip 2020 attention tracker: Bloomberg finally upends the national conversation

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios — Note: Hover over the weekly rank on desktop to see articles and interactions for each candidate and issues.

Stories about Michael Bloomberg last week generated 9.4 million interactions on social media — more than twice his previous high. Still, he's getting lapped by Bernie Sanders, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: This was the point when Bloomberg converted massive spending into significant organic interest in his campaign, but it may be no match for the Sanders grassroots army.

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