Trade has been a hot button issue for this election, with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump attacking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal negotiated under the Obama administration. As President Obama reiterates his plan to send the TPP to Congress before the end of his term, the 2016 Chicago Council Survey finds that Americans are generally favorable towards free trade and the TPP. Majorities of Americans think globalization is mostly good for the US, and that international trade is good for both the US economy and their own standard of living. However, they do have concerns that international trade is bad for job creation in the US and for the job security of American workers.
Read the full brief, “Actually, Americans Like Free Trade,” here.