Free Trade Gets Slammed Again

If globalism were a brand, it’d be one in urgent need of a relaunch. In a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, respondents were almost twice as likely to say “free international trade” has hurt the U.S. economy as to say it has helped, 50 percent vs. 26 percent. Ten percent said free trade has made no difference either way, and the rest offered no opinion.

Anti-free-trade sentiment is more intense as well as more common: While 6 percent of respondents think free trade has helped the economy “a lot,” 26 percent think it has hurt it a lot. In a breakdown by income, respondents in the $101,000-plus bracket were the only ones more apt to say free trade has “helped” (50 percent) than to say it has “hurt” (35 percent).