A slim majority of Republican voters now see foreign trade as a threat to the United States economy, a Gallup survey reveals.
A survey from Gallup this week finds that Republican voters’ opinions of foreign trade as a net benefit to the U.S. economy have dropped to the lowest point since the firm began tracking the opinions of voters on the issue in 1991.
Today, 51 percent of Republican voters view foreign trade, specifically imports, as a threat to the U.S. economy while just 44 percent see foreign trade as a benefit for economic growth. By comparison, in the year 2000, 59 percent of Republican voters had a positive view of foreign trade — that’s a 15 percentage point drop over the last two decades.
The survey found that Republican voters were very favorable to former President Trump’s trade agenda that imposed tariffs on foreign steel,