President Donald Trump has made the issue of trade and tariffs a centerpiece of his recent policymaking -- but it's not necessarily one Americans know a lot about. This episode explores new data measuring Americans' attitudes and beliefs about trade policy with Gallup Senior Scientist Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan. Dr. Wolfers offers his take on how views on trade are formed, what the state of international trade looks like today and how Trump's executive actions square with the consensus of economists. Later, what percentage of Americans believe that legal immigration is a good thing for the country?
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President Donald Trump's assertion that foreign trade threatens Americans' jobs, and his imposition of tariffs, conflicts with the public's largely positive attitude toward foreign trade.
Forty-two percent of Americans consider the U.S. to be the world's leading economic power -- a higher figure than at any time since 2008. Still, the current 42% for the U.S. roughly matches the 44% naming China.
Americans, by a wide margin, continue to see foreign trade as more of an opportunity for U.S. economic growth than a threat to the economy.