While the debate over tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump last week rages on in Washington, Americans are more unified over whether it’s more important to protect the country’s manufacturing base over lower consumer costs.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds a whopping 89% of American adults believe it is at least somewhat important for the U.S. to have a major manufacturing and industrial base, including 63% who believe it is “Very Important.” Only 8% say it is not very or “Not At All” Important to keep a manufacturing base at home.
When asked if it is “more important to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States or to keep prices low for American consumers,” a dominant 68% said it’s more important to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and only 20% think it’s more important to “keep prices low for American consumers.”
Last week, President Trump announced a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum.
The survey of 1,000 American adults in the U.S. nationwide was conducted on March 5 – 6, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Josiah K / March 12, 2018
I’d much rather have a high paying job then allow China to dumb all their cheap goods here. #economicnationalism
TommyMaga / March 12, 2018
Duh. Joe the plumber would rather be employed than to be able to purchase a toothbrush for 5 cents… https://t.co/Mi3yoUAiRK
Bill Kent / March 12, 2018
Are you being shadowbanned like many of us?
texasGSDgirl / March 12, 2018
Eventually we wise up.
Love the Orange Guy / March 12, 2018
How many cheap tvs are we gonna buy?
How “cheap” are Iphones made in China?
Over $1,000 each?
Mark Trueblood / March 12, 2018
I have no evidence but I suspect the prolonged lack of wage growth has also made a lot of people re… https://t.co/ShzwmsWpCr
Anonymous / March 13, 2018
Lil' Baby Keffiyeh / March 13, 2018
@bronzeagemantis It’s almost as if bringing home a wage does more for a man’s self-esteem, courtshi… https://t.co/H2mYmYNrtS