August 15, 2017 | By Dina Smeltz, Karen Whisler

While More Americans Than Ever Believe in International Trade, NAFTA Gets Mixed Reviews

In President Donald Trump’s mind, the United States has long been getting a “bad deal” when it comes to international trade. This month, as he works to renegotiate NAFTA, new results from the 2017 Chicago Council Survey show that a majority of Americans (53%) still see this deal as beneficial for the United States. While Democrats have become increasingly positive towards NAFTA, Republican views have sunk to new lows, resulting in a dramatic partisan gap. While some are critical of trade deals, a record numbers of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike (including core Trump supporters)  say that international trade is good for the US economy (72%), consumers like them (78%), and creating jobs in the US (57%). 

Read the full survey brief 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.


| By Craig Kafura, Brendan Helm, Giulia Shaughnessy, Charlie Rahr, Samantha Yi

Global Public Opinion and the Coronavirus: August 19

Nations around the world struggle to safely reopen as the coronavirus continues to infect thousands of people. This week's global public opinion update on the COVID-19 pandemic covers the United States, Japan, South Korea, Canada, France, the UK, Italy, and Israel.