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I think what the chart illustrates is that when you ask a meaningless question you get a meaningless answer.

Obviously trade is good for some parts of the economy and bad for others. It is not even clear whether the good outweighs the bad or vice versa.

All too often poll questions are designed to prove a preconceived notion. In addition, asking people's opinions about things of which they no little doesn't tell us much either. Even the wording can affect the results. The classic example is:

Do you support welfare? The majority (depending upon time and place) says no.

Do you support helping those in need? The majority says yes.

At best what this poll indicates is that GOP candidates are going to have to start using new catch phrases.

Joe

"One is that the U.S. is taken to the cleaners by other nations which are better at playing trade hardball." Many people in the US might think so. But isn't the opposite true?

Bill Williams

You(deliberately?)misquote WSJ. Their poll question was "Is FREE trade good for U.S.?" You quoted it as "Is FOREIGN trade good for U.S.?"

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