(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.