May 11, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey conducted by Morning Consult, a majority of voters say trade with other countries will strengthen the U.S. economy. The results of the survey underscore public support for international trade among registered voters.

Seventy percent of respondents indicated that U.S. trade with other countries is likely to strengthen the U.S. economy, and 64 percent said it creates American jobs. Voters also said free trade agreements are good for consumers, farmers, and American companies; 65 percent said trade agreements are good for consumers, 66 percent said it supports American farmers, and 71 percent said it supports American companies.

Bipartisan majorities also said the U.S. government should negotiate more trade deals in order to open new markets for American-made goods and services. Sixty-two percent of all registered voters surveyed said the U.S. government should negotiate more trade deals.

“American voters support trade because they see its effects in their lives every day. From the goods and services their companies produce to the products they buy at the grocery store, trade supports good American jobs, enhances consumer choice, and drives economic growth,” said U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant.

More than 41 million American jobs depend on trade, and exports support about half of all U.S. manufacturing jobs. Ninety-eight percent of American companies that export goods are small and medium-size businesses.

Morning Consult conducted an online survey of 10,021 registered voters from May 3 – 7, 2017. The full results of the survey, including state-level data, are available here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.