Surprising popular support for an FTAA

Trade rais­es incomes”: no news. But “… most peo­ple seem to real­ize that”: big sur­prise! The “Pew Research Center(link to Pew results on their site)”: says that in 2002 we could have bet on a major­i­ty of ‘pro-free-trade’ opin­ion among both devel­oped and devel­op­ing coun­try vot­ers. bq. Over­whelm­ing majori­ties in all 10 coun­tries told Pew in 2002 that grow­ing trade and busi­ness ties were very or some­what good for their coun­try, and sim­i­lar­ly strong majori­ties felt that such com­mer­cial glob­al­iza­tion was good for them and their fam­i­lies. Cana­da and Mex­i­co, two coun­tries with free trade agree­ments with the Unit­ed States, are among the most enthu­si­as­tic in the region about trade. More than three-quar­ters in Cana­da and Mex­i­co said grow­ing trade was good for their coun­tries (86%, 79% respec­tive­ly) and com­pa­ra­ble per­cent­ages said it was good for them and their fam­i­lies (87% Cana­da, 76% Mexico).

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