In case you missed it, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out yesterday finds that a majority of registered voters "think free trade with foreign countries is good for America." Nationally, 55 percent of voters support trade, and that number is even higher among Democrats: 60 percent are in favor of free trade to open new markets and succeed in the global economy.
The NBC News/WSJ poll is the latest to confirm that trade remains popular among voters -- and Democrats in particular.
- A Pew poll released in April showed a majority of Bernie Sanders (55/38) and Hillary Clinton (58/31) supporters support free trade.
- A Gallup poll released in March shows 63 percent of Democrats see foreign trade as an opportunity.
- A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted last fall showed Democratic voters support the TPP by a margin of 51-25.
- A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll from September found that Democrats support more international trade agreements by a 37 percent margin.
- A Pew poll conducted last September found that 45 percent of Democratic primary voters wanted to expand trade agreements over 19 percent who opposed expansion.
- A YouGov poll conducted last
October found that 52 percent of Democrats support free trade versus 25 percent who did not.
- A PCAJ poll from last year of Democratic likely voters found that 52 percent of Democrats supported the TPP, rising to 82 percent after hearing how this agreement would benefit the U.S. economy, American workers, human rights, and the environment. 68 percent of those surveyed said they were more likely to vote for a Member of Congress who supports TPP, while 75 percent said TPP would benefit the national economy.