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Screen shot from new Gillette ad on Gillette YouTube account

Gillette's new ad, which focuses on a culture of "toxic masculinity" more than it does actual shaving, seems to be sitting well with consumers, according to new data from Morning Consult.

Why it matters: The new polling suggests that internet backlash over the controversial ad has been overstated, and that while the ad may not immediately increase Gillette's sales, it was generally received well by consumers.

By the numbers:

  • Most liked the ad: Over 60% of respondents ranked the ad 7 out of 10 or higher.
  • The ad gave Gillette positive brand lift: Before watching the ad, 41% of people said they agreed Gillette “shared their values.” After watching, that number jumped to 71%. More people also said that they felt Gillette was "socially responsible” after seeing the ad.
  • Political leaning impacted reception: Most Democrats (73%) ranked the ad between 7 and 10, while only 48% of Republicans did the same.
  • Women liked it slightly more than men: 64% of women liked it vs. 57% of men.

The big picture: Earlier polling from Morning Consult suggests that consumers do want brands to take a stand on some issues, like civil rights and criminal justice reform, but not wade into politics directly.

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Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."