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THE WAIL STREET JOURNAL·. WSJ.eom ECONOMY I OCTOBER 2. 2010 Americans Sour on Trade Majority Say Free-Trade Pacts Have Hurt U.S.; Wedge Issue in Some Races By SARA MURRAY And DOUGLAS BELKIN The American public, already skeptical of free trade, is becoming increasingly hostile to it. The American public, already skeptical of the globalization of trade and its effect on jobs, is becoming increasingly hostile to it, and vote-hungry politicians are responding accordingly as November approaches. Sara Murray discusses. Also, Paulo Prada discusses what the likely ascendancy of Dilma Rousseff to Brazil's presidency will mean for Latin America's economic superpower. EXPERIENCE WSJ PROFESSIONAL Editors' Deep Dive: U.S.-China Trade Tensions Rise THE GUARDIAN East-West Trade War Looms INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Smoot-Hawley, PI. II? Across the country, politicians are responding accordingly, and that is clouding prospects for congressional approval of pending free-trade pacts with South Korea and Colombia. It is also prompting concern among U.S. businesses reliant on the rest of the world for growth. In the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, more than half of those surveyed, 53%, said free-trade agreements have hurt the U.S. That is up from 46% three years ago and 32% in 1999. Even Americans most likely to be winners from trade-upper- income, well-educated professionals, whose jobs are less likely to go overseas and whose industries are often buoyed by demand from international markets-are increasingly skeptical. "The important change is that very well-educated and upper- income people compared to five to 10 years ago have shifted their opinion and are now expressing significant concern about the notion of. ..free trade," said Bill Mcinturff, a Republican pollster who helps conduct the Journal survey. Among those earning $75,000 or more, 50% now say free-trade pacts have hurt the U.S., up from 24% who said the same in 1999. Worries about side effects of trade and outsourcing seem one of the few issues on which Americans of different classes, occupations and political persuasions agree. The vote in the House last week to arm the administration with more levers to pressure China to let its currency rise, and thus restrain its export machine, was bipartisan: 249 Democrats and 99 Republicans voted for it. While the rhetoric
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2010 for the course ECONOMICS Econ 13 taught by Professor Georgesarraf during the Winter '10 term at UC Irvine.

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