February 15, 2013

Most Americans See More Trade with European Union as Good for U.S.

58%

In late 2010, about six-in-ten Americans supported increased trade with the European Union. Obama this week called for talks on a free trade pact with the EU nations.

In his state of the union speech, President Obama called for talks on a large-scale free trade agreement with the European Union as a way to help strengthen the American economy.

The idea of increased trade with the EU nations has had strong public support. In a late 2010 survey, 58% of Americans said more trade with those nations would be good for the United States. Just 28% said it would be bad for the U.S.

At that time, most Americans also said that increased trade with Canada and Japan – as well as India, Brazil and Mexico – would be good for the United States. For example, 60% said increased trade with Japan would be good for the U.S.

Reactions were more mixed to increased trade with South Korea and China. Roughly equal numbers said increased trade with China would be good (45%) or bad for the U.S. (46%).

Among those most likely to say increased trade with the EU would be good for the U.S. were men (65%), college graduates (74%) and those with household incomes of $75,000 or more (74%). Read more