Polling Shows Trade as Top Campaign Issue


Polling Trade Google Search from 2008
USATODAY.com – Poll: Free trade loses backers
High-income Americans have lost much of their enthusiasm for free trade as they perceive their own jobs threatened by white-collar workers in China, …
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-23-free-trade_x.htm – 53k – Cached

Economy tops environment in hard times: poll
Reuters – Jul 30, 2008
The online poll of 1009 adults also showed that 56 percent believe the quality of life in their communities will worsen for their children and grandchildren …

Poll: Majority against free trade – CNN.com
As Sen. John McCain prepares to promote free trade during a high-profile trip to Colombia and Mexico, a poll out Tuesday suggests the issue may be a …
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Republicans Grow Skeptical On Free Trade – WSJ.com
… Six in 10 Republicans in the poll agreed with a statement that free trade has been bad for the U.S. and said they would agree with a …
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Rasmussen Reports™: The most comprehensive public opinion coverage …
56% Want NAFTA Renegotiated, Americans Divided on Free Trade. Friday, June 20, 2008. Email a Friend … TOP STORIES. Daily Presidential Tracking Poll …
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Poll: Republican Voters Cool to Free Trade : NPR
Oct 9, 2007 … A new poll shows that a sizable majority of Republicans believe free trade is bad for the US economy. By reputation, the GOP is the party of …
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Americans Doubtful of Free Trade Benefits: Angus Reid Global Monitor
May 13, 2008 … Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research … Polling Data. In general, do you think that free trade agreements—like NAFTA, …
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Numbers on Jobs, Trade, Exports, Immigration and China
September 28, 2010
53% in US Say Free Trade Hurts Nation: NBC/WSJ Poll

June 24, 2010
New Poll: Decline of Manufacturing Jobs, Loss of Global Economic Standing, and Fears about China are Top Voter Concerns
Alliance for American Manufacturing

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Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

March 19-22, 2010
“Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now: the economy, health care, government spending and the federal deficit, the war in Afghanistan, unemployment?” Options rotated

  1. The economy 31
  2. Health care 22
  3. Spending and the deficit 20
  4. Unemployment 19
  5. The war in Afghanistan 5
  6. Unsure 3

March 2010
What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?

  Recent trend: Mar
1 Unemployment/Jobs 31 31 22
2 Economy in general 24 31 25
3 Federal budget deficit/Federal debt 8 11 6


March 5, 2010
Polls: Americans Remain Worried About Job Loss

Feb. 5-10, 2010
CBS News/New York Times Poll.. N=1,084 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

“What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?”

  1. Economy/Jobs 52
  2. Health care 13
  3. Budget deficit/National debt 4
  4. War/Iraq/Afghanistan 3
  5. Big government/Bureaucracy3
  6. Defense/Military2

January 2010 Gallap Analysis
Obama SOTU: “Jobs must be our No. 1 focus in 2010.”

The percentage of Americans mentioning jobs or unemployment as the nation’s most important problem is double today what it was a year ago (22% vs. 11%) and now nearly ties mentions of the economy in general as the perceived top problem. Assessments of the job market are bleak and have been so for a long time. Only 9% of Americans say now is a good time to find a quality job. Gallup’s Job Creation Index is essentially the same now as it was when Obama took office, with no sign of meaningful job growth.

Obama SOTU: Export and Trade
Obama: “Third, we need to export more of our goods. Because the more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in America. So tonight, we set a new goal: We will double our exports over the next five years … To help meet this goal, we’re launching a National Export Initiative.”

In recent years, Americans have been more likely to view foreign trade as a threat to the economy from foreign imports than as an opportunity to increase U.S. exports. Before that, however, Americans generally took the latter view.

December 3, 2009
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