Poll: Trump’s Carrier deal earns high marks among American voters

A majority of Americans supports President-elect Donald Trump’s deal with Carrier to keep about 1,000 manufacturing jobs in Indiana, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.

{mosads}The poll finds that 60 percent of voters say the deal gives them a more favorable view of the president-elect. That number includes 87 percent of self-identified Republicans, 54 percent of independents and 40 percent of Democrats.

Just 9 percent of respondents say the deal gives them a less favorable view of Trump, and 22 percent say it doesn’t have an impact.

Still, a quarter of voters said they had heard “nothing at all” about the Carrier deal, and only 24 percent said they had heard “a lot about it,” pollsters found.

Trump announced last week that Carrier would keep more than 1,000 people employed at an Indianapolis factory after the company announced plans earlier this year to move those jobs to Mexico. 

The company will still move about 700 jobs to Mexico. As part of the agreement, Carrier will receive $7 million in tax credits over the next 10 years from Indiana, where Vice President-elect Mike Pence is currently governor.

The poll also finds that about half of voters say it’s appropriate for the president and vice president to negotiate directly with private businesses. That number includes 69 percent of Republicans. Only 27 percent of respondents say it is unacceptable.

Sixty-two percent of voters say it’s acceptable for the president and vice president to give tax breaks or other incentives to companies to keep jobs in the country.

Fifty-six percent of voters think it’s acceptable for the president and vice president to “negotiate with individual private companies on a case-by-case basis.”

The poll also found that 74 percent of voters are in support of raising taxes on companies that move manufacturing jobs to other countries. 

The president-elect this past weekend warned that companies that leave the U.S. will face “retribution.” He said there will be a 35 percent tax on the country’s “soon to be strong border” for companies that leave and then want to sell their products back to U.S. consumers.

The poll was conducted from Dec. 1 to 2 among 1,401 registered voters. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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