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Americans Believe Trade Is Rather a Good Thing
Posted By Bryan Riley On January 31, 2011 @ 2:00 pm In American Leadership,Enterprise and Free Markets | 10 Comments
Reports  that Americans are becoming increasingly hostile to trade are greatly exaggerated.
The French Institute of Public Opinion  (IFOP) recently polled people in several countries to compare their attitudes on trade and economics. Asked whether international trade is good for the United States or bad, Americans were 50 percent more likely to answer “good” than “bad.” The U.S. survey found the following opinions:
Last November, a Pew Research Center  poll found that most Americans believe increased trade with Canada, Japan, European Union countries, Brazil, or Mexico would be good for the United States. Support for increased trade with South Korea and China was within the poll’s margin of error.
The popular view that trade benefits the United States is correct. As data from The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom  show, countries with low trade barriers are more likely to prosper than those that restrict international commerce.
Although the Pew poll found skepticism about free trade agreements, the assertion that international trade is bad for the United States clearly remains a losing proposition with Americans.
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 Reports: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703466104575529753735783116.html
 French Institute of Public Opinion: http://www.ifop.com/?option=com_publication&type=poll&id=1390
 Pew Research Center: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1795/poll-free-trade-agreements-jobs-wages-economic-growth-china-japan-canada
 Index of Economic Freedom: http://www.heritage.org/index/
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