Out of 24 countries surveyed, Americans (53%) are the least supportive of international trade.
While international trade is popular around the world — majorities in all 24 countries surveyed in 2008 by the Pew Global Attitudes Project say trade and economic integration is a good thing — only 53% of Americans support trade, the lowest level of support in any country surveyed. American support for trade is down sharply from 2002, when 78% believed it was having a positive impact. There is little partisan difference on trade with basically the same number of Republicans (55%), independents (54%) and Democrats (54%) seeing it as a good thing. Republican and independent support, however, has fallen in the last year. Proponents of trade in America include the young (65% of those under 30 have a positive view) and the wealthy (63% of those with household incomes above $75,000 support it). Read More