The vast majority of voters want President Donald Trump to focus on negotiating new trade agreements rather than imposing new tariffs, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll says. The poll also shows that 67 percent of voters think Congress should follow suit.
On the campaign trail, Trump blasted the U.S.-China trade deficit, saying he would level the playing field for both countries. Now, 18 months into his presidency, Americans are divided on current U.S.-China relations. More than half of the country feels confident about the U.S. economy, but 31 percent of voters think the relationship between the U.S. and China has deteriorated in the past year. Nine percent think relations have gotten “much worse.”
The White House announced Tuesday plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. Trump called the levies an antidote to years of “stupid trade” practices enacted by previous administrations.
The final list of products subject to tariffs will be announced by June 15. The top Chinese exports to the U.S. include cellphones and other electronics, while the top U.S. exports to China include aircraft goods and soybeans.