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Americans See Free Trade As Good for Business, or Do They?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Americans are conflicted on free trade. Most think the government doesn’t do enough to protect U.S. businesses, but at the same time they think those businesses will do better against foreign competitors with a wide-open market.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of American Adults believe free-market competition with businesses worldwide is a better way for U.S. companies to succeed. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 24% think government protection from foreign products is the better way to go. That’s down 10 points from 34% nearly three years ago.  Just as many (25%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on April 22-23, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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