Lincoln Network cofounder Garrett Johnson said, “I think everyone agrees that this topic is not going away.”
The poll surveyed 387 tech workers from Google, Facebook, Apple, Uber, and Salesforce. They also conducted 23 one-on-one interviews of individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Here's a complete breakdown of the respondents who took the survey:
- 24 percent identified as libertarian
- 17.6 percent identified as conservative
- 5.2 percent identified as very conservative
- 16.3 percent identified as moderate
- 18.3 percent identified as liberal
- 11.1 percent as very liberal
Social media giants will continue to face immense scrutiny if they continue to practice viewpoint discrimination. While this is daunting to hear and see, that doesn't mean conservatives and libertarians should quit their desire to creatively disrupt in Silicon Valley and similar arenas. It's important to inject our views in the discussion over tech, social media, and how ideas are communicated across these various platforms. Intellectual diversity is more needed than ever, and even the Bay Area is starting to realize that.
Instead of forcing our folks into Silicon Valley through means of affirmative action, right-leaning tech workers should force their respective industry to listen and hear them out. Like other industries out there, technology shouldn't be partisan or tilting left. In fact, the very start-ups incubated in Silicon Valley were made possible by free enterprise—not social justice values.
Time will if Silicon Valley will expand beyond its echo chamber, but signs indicate they can't be tone deaf anymore. This industry needs conservatives and libertarians to sit at the table.