Polls Reveal Michigan Attitudes on “Free Trade” and NAFTA

Two new polls reveal some interesting views on NAFTA and neoliberal trade agreements. In the first, 55% of those polled in Michigan say NAFTA and the WTO have been “a bad thing.” In the second, voters respond that by a margin of almost 3 to 1 they believe the US should withdraw or revise NAFTA.


While MediaMouse.org does not typically report on results from polls, we found two new polls to be interesting because they contained some interesting perspectives on “free trade” and neoliberal trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The first, a “Big Ten Battleground” poll on Michigan asked a group of Michigan residents:

“In general, do you think that free trade agreements like NAFTA, and organizations like the World Trade Organization, have been a good thing or a bad thing for the United States?”

The results–while not surprising given the effects of NAFTA on Michigan–are worth noting. Only 23% of respondents said the agreements had been “a good thing,” while 55% said they had been “a bad thing.” The remainder of those surveyed either didn’t know or refused to answer.

A second poll conducted by Zogby and the pro-NAFTA Inter-American Dialogue had some more interesting findings relating to how people in the United States perceive NAFTA:

* By a margin of nearly three-to-one, likely voters believe that the United States should revise or withdraw from NAFTA.

* Anti-NAFTA voters outnumber pro-NAFTA voters in every demographic group.

Author: mediamouse

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