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Poll: 63 percent want government to buy US goods, even at higher cost

Poll: 63 percent want government to buy US goods, even at higher cost
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Sixty-three percent of Americans want the government to buy goods made in the U.S., even if they cost more, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll released Thursday.

The survey found that 62 percent of Americans think the government should only buy U.S.-made vaccines, though 53 percent think it is OK to buy personal protective equipment from foreign sources.

The poll comes a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shined a spotlight on the foreign dependences within America’s supply chain. As Reuters notes, hospitals early on struggled with shortages of gowns, gloves and masks for their staffs.

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A few days after he took office in late January, President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE signed an executive order aimed at strengthening rules that require federal agencies to purchase American-made products.

The poll found different points of view when it came how much respondents were willing to spend on American-made goods.

Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said that an item being U.S.-made is at least somewhat important, though 37 percent said they would not pay extra for one.

Twenty-six percent said they would pay 5 percent more, and 21 percent said they would only pay 10 percent more.

Reuters noted that Americans’ opinions on how much they would spend on U.S.-made products have barely changed since it polled Americans in the early days of former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE’s administration four years ago.

The poll surveyed 1,005 adults on March 4 and 5. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

—Updated at 11:26 a.m.