Poll: Less than half of US voters trust companies based in China, Mexico

Less than half of U.S. voters trust companies headquartered in Mexico and China, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

The poll, released Thursday, found that 32 percent of U.S. voters trust manufacturers in China, while 47 percent of those surveyed said they trust companies headquartered in Mexico. Sixty-eight percent of voters polled said they did not trust companies based in China, while 52 percent said the same of manufacturers headquartered in Mexico. 

The survey found voters trusted other top U.S. trading partners, including companies based in Germany and Japan; 62 percent of those voters said they trusted companies headquartered in the two countries.

An overwhelming majority of those polled said they trusted American and Canadian companies. Eighty-three percent of voters said they trust companies based in the U.S., while 81 percent said the same of companies in Canada. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll comes as the Trump administration is engaged in an ongoing trade war with China. 

Trump last week threatened to impose additional tariffs on virtually all remaining Chinese imports, including everything from clothing to electronics.

The president tweeted that the U.S. would place a 10 percent tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese goods, starting Sept. 1. The new tariffs are in addition to the existing 25 percent tariff on $250 billion in Chinese goods.

Trump warned that the rate could increase up to as much as 25 percent, depending on whether the two sides strike a deal on trade.

The survey also comes as the president is working to finalize a deal that would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

House Democrats, meanwhile, are considering Trump's revised version of NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Democrats in the lower chamber have held a series of meetings on the trade agreement in recent months months and are seeking a number of changes before they approve the accord. 

The House Ways and Means Committee plans to to take up the deal in September or October.

HarrisX researchers surveyed 1,001 voters from Aug. 3-4. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn