September 7, 2016

The Surprising Popularity of Trade

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.


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights critical shifts in American public thinking on US foreign policy through public opinion surveys and research conducted under the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy. 

The annual Chicago Council Survey, first conducted in 1974, is a valuable resource for policymakers, academics, media, and the general public. The Council also surveys American leaders in government, business, academia, think tanks, and religious organizations biennially to compare trends in their thinking with overall trends. And collaborating with partner organizations, the survey team periodically conducts parallel surveys of public opinion in other regions of the world to compare with US public opinion. 

The Running Numbers blog features regular commentary and analysis from the Council’s public opinion and US foreign policy research team, including a series of flash polls of a select group of foreign policy experts to assess their opinions on critical foreign policy topics driving the news.


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