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Growing Support for Free Trade, Thanks to Partisan Split

Posted February 27, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jacob M. Schlesinger – WSJ via MarketWatch)

Free trade took a rhetorical beating from both Republican and Democratic politicians in the 2016 election — yet public support for it has soared over the past year, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Forty-three percent of Americans surveyed last week said they thought free trade between the United States and foreign countries helped the U.S., compared with 34% who said it hurt the country.

That marked a sharp reversal from the last time the pollsters asked that specific question, in March 2016, when just 27% of those surveyed said they felt free trade helped the U.S., and 43% said it hurt. Click here to read more.

Related: Americans Split on Whether NAFTA Is Good or Bad for US (Gallup)