Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters favor having the United States impose new tariffs on goods imported from China. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 42% oppose such tariffs. These totals include 20% who Strongly Favor the tariffs and 18% who are Strongly Opposed.
Support for tariffs is little changed from earlier in the summer when 58% supported the policy.
Interestingly, the support for higher tariffs exists despite the fact that just 33% think they will be good for the United States. A plurality of voters–37%- believe the impact from tariffs will be bad for the U.S. Six percent (5%) believe they will have no impact while 24% are not sure.
This gap between support for tariffs and the belief that they will be good suggests that many voters see these negotiations as a matter of fairness rather than transactional economics. Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters believe that China has used trade to take advantage of the United States. Just 14% disagree and 25% are not sure.
This fits into a larger belief about trade policies. Seventy-seven percent (77%) believe other unnamed countries have used trade to take advantage of the United States.
On a partisan basis, the higher tariffs on goods from China are supported by 80% of Republicans and opposed by 60% of Democrats. Among Independent voters, 53% are in favor while 48% are opposed. (see crosstab results).
Overall, 77% believe free trade is at least somewhat good for the United States. Eighty-one percent (81%) at least somewhat agree with the notion that free trade helps create jobs.
Forty-one percent (41%) of voters say President Trump has done a good or an excellent job in his trade negotiations with China. Another 38% rate his performance as poor. Twenty-one percent (21%) take the more neutral option and rate his performance as fair. These results appear to have more to do with preconceived notions of the president rather than a response to his trade policy.
The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted August 24-25, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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