Poll: Support for free trade reaches new high

In the poll, 64 percent of Americans — including majorities of Democrats and Republicans — agree with the statement that free trade is good for America, because it opens up new markets, and the country can’t avoid the fact of a global economy.

Just 27 percent believe free trade is bad, because it hurts manufacturing and other key industries, and there’s no proof that more trade creates better jobs.

The percentage of those favoring free trade is up 13 points from 2015 and 7 points from 2017, with Democrats and independents much more supportive than they were four years ago.

And it comes as the United States and China have engaged in a trade war, slapping tariffs on each other’s products — though the U.S. said on Tuesday that it was delaying some tariffs until December.

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