GOP pollster: 'A lot of Democrats' will back Trump on trade

Republican pollster Jim Hobart said on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE could get support from some Democrats on trade. 

"There's a lot of Democrats — take someone like [Sen.] Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBank watchdogs approve rule to loosen ban on risky Wall Street trades Dayton mayor assigned extra security following verbal spat with Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE, who's running for election in Ohio, he more or less backs the president's trade policies," Hobart, who is a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, told Hill TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

Brown last month objected to a vote on an amendment that would have required Trump seek congressional approval to impose tariffs for national security reasons.

"In some ways, this is something that has some bipartisan support in an era where Democrats are very, very hesitant to support the president. He's going to get a little bit of back up from Democrats who are usually opposed to him," he added. 

Trump has slammed countries for what he calls unfair trade deals with the U.S., saying the agreements hurt American workers. 

The administration imposed tariffs against the European Union, Canada and Mexico on steel and aluminum imports earlier this year, and slapped tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products in June. Countries are retaliating over Trump's tariffs, sparking fears of a trade war.

— Julia Manchester