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The 2024 极乐视频 Trust Barometer Special Report: Brands and Politics explores the intersection of culture and politics and how brands can prepare for, and navigate, politics in a divided world.

The research is clear: The line between brands and the society they operate in has dissolved. Today, consumers are expressing their politics 鈥 and their power 鈥 through brand choices, contributing to a new normal that is opening brands up to exposure they cannot avoid.

The study was fielded in the spring of 2024, a year in which half the world鈥檚 population will elect new leaders. Election outcomes are respondents' number one societal fear, topping threats to climate, personal safety, and concerns about being able to pay 鈥渕y鈥 bills.

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8 in 10 see brands as political

There is no escaping politics for brands. Among the 78 percent who feel at least some brands are doing political things, they consider those actions to include brands taking a stand on issues, as well as encouraging voting, recruiting diverse employees, and reducing climate impact.
 

In the face of political pressure, brands can鈥檛 hide

Political pressure is inevitable, and brands need to be prepared for when it happens, not if. When a brand is under pressure to take a side on a controversial or political issue, 71 percent say the brand must take a position. And when a brand does not communicate its actions on societal issues, a majority believe the brand is doing nothing or hiding something (51 percent).
 

Consumers will protect the brands they trust

Consumers who fully trust a brand are more likely to purchase that brand, stay loyal to it, and advocate for it. Loyalty not only earns brands their customers鈥 business, but it will also grant them forgiveness when it makes a mistake.

 

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How to live your values and earn trust in a politicized culture
 

 

Don鈥檛 be paralyzed by politics

Today, culture is politics and many everyday brand actions can be seen as political. In a world where silence is a stance, the question isn鈥檛 鈥渟hould I get involved in politics?鈥 but rather 鈥渉ow do I navigate politics?鈥
 


Act multi-local

Against a backdrop of geopolitical tension and polarization, brands must be agile and adaptable. They must live their values locally and demonstrate positive impact everywhere they do business.
 


Know their politics

To know your audience means to know their politics鈥攁 fundamental difference in how relevance and trust are earned today. Be authentic and defend the values you share with customers and employees.
 


Action drives trust

Good business is powered by action and every brand has an opportunity to act. Know your brand鈥檚 unique permission space for clarity on when, why, and how to act.

 

 

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Top Findings

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Politics upends the business of brands     

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Against the backdrop of elections and conflicts around the globe, 60 percent of respondents across 14 countries surveyed say they are buying, choosing, or avoiding brands based on their politics.

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Brand choices define social identity     

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极乐视频 6 in 10 Gen Z (age 18-27) and Millennials (age 28-43) feel a connection with people who use the same brands that they do; nearly half say they judge others on their brand choices.

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Every brand has a unique permission space for action     

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Shared values, along with the political and cultural context, define when, why, and how a brand should act 鈥 whether the action be big or small, external or internal. Eighty-four percent say they need to share values with a brand in order to buy it.

 

 

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Methodology

The 2024 极乐视频 Trust Barometer Special Report: Brand and Politics is the firm鈥檚 6th annual survey. The research was produced by the 极乐视频 Trust Institute and consisted of 30-minute online interviews conducted between April 13 and March 24, 2024. Learn more >

 

15 
Countries 

15,000+ 
Respondents

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Respondents / Country

 

 

 

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