Few Americans oppose Trump trade agreement: poll

Few Americans oppose Trump trade agreement: poll

Few Americans say they oppose President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE's signature trade deal, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), but a majority says they have no opinion on the issue, according to a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday.

While just 5 percent of those surveyed said they disapprove of the deal, 61 percent of respondents said they have no opinion on the USMCA, which Trump is expected to sign on Wednesday.

Thirty-three percent of those surveyed said they approved of the deal.


Republicans were more likely to approve of the deal, with 54 percent saying they favored the agreement compared to 29 percent of independents and 24 percent of Democrats.

After Trump agreed to an initial deal in 2018, congressional Democrats spent a year fighting for concessions on labor enforcement, environmental standards and pharmaceuticals, even winning over the support of AFL-CIO union for the final agreement.

The issue could percolate in the Democratic presidential primary. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAngst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure MORE (I-Vt.) was the only senator running for the nomination to vote against the deal.

Still, free trade remains broadly popular. The poll found that 57 percent of Americans think free-trade agreements with other countries are good for the United States, an uptick of 5 points since 2018. Just 10 percent say the agreements are bad, while 29 percent said they have no opinion.

The telephone poll among U.S. adults had 903 respondents and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. It was conducted from Jan. 16 to 20.