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Questions - Free Trade and China - September 24-25, 2012

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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted September 24-25, 2012
By Rasmussen Reports

1* Which has been a bigger factor in creating the current problems with the U.S. economy – unfair business practices by countries like China, the debt crisis and other problems in Europe or the economic policies of the U.S. government?

2* Is free trade good or bad for the U.S. economy?

3* Does free trade create jobs for Americans or take jobs away from Americans?

4* Does the government do too much to protect U.S. manufacturers and businesses from foreign competition or not enough? Or is the level of protection about right?

5* Some countries pay their workers far less than American workers are paid. Manufactured items from such countries often cost less than comparable American products. Should the federal government place tariffs on goods from countries that pay very low wages to their workers?

6* What is a better way for U.S. companies to succeed – free-market competition with businesses worldwide or government protection from foreign products?

7* Does China represent a bigger threat to the United States militarily or economically?

8* What’s more important for the U.S. government – making sure that China does not take advantage of the United States economically or keeping China happy so it doesn’t exploit the large amount of U.S. debt it owns?

9* The European economy remains troubled, is it possible for the U.S. economy to recover?

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence