- Large majorities think international trade is benefiting their country and multinational corporations that dominate global commerce generally receive favorable ratings.
- Still, enthusiasm for global trade has waned over the last five years in the West, especially in the United States.
- In most countries, majorities think people are better off under capitalism, even though that means some may be rich and others poor.
Supportfor capitalism increased most in Latin American and Eastern European nations where satisfaction with income and personal progress have increased markedly over the past five years.
The poll shows that six in 10 Republicans believe free trade has harmed the U.S. economy by reducing demand for domestic goods, wiping out American jobs and importing products that may be unsafe.The solution, I think, is obvious: People need to stop watching Lou Dobbs!