55 percent said the tech giant should not have fired James Damore; this included 61 percent of Republicans, 56 percent of independents and half of Democrats.
A slighter greater 56 percent indicated that the company set a poor precedent by firing someone who expressed his views. Even if what Damore wrote reinforced gender stereotypes, furthermore, firing him should be illegal, 71 percent believe.
“The public overwhelmingly believes that it should be illegal to fire people for expressing their views,” Harvard-Harris polling co-directors Mark Penn and Stephen Ansolabehere wrote in an op-ed Monday.
"While America is divided on so many questions, a substantial majority of every single demographic group we track agreed with these propositions.” 85 percent think employees should be protected from being fired for their political views.
The survey also found that 43 percent believe tech companies are biased against conservatives, whereas only 18 percent felt this was the case for liberals.
The online poll surveyed 2,263 registered voters, 37 percent of whom are Democrat, 31 percent Republican and 29 percent Independent.