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American Politics: Trump’s economic policy toward China receives mixed support from Americans

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A poll shows US adults split on whether closer economic ties between Washington and Beijing is a good thing. A 37 percent plurality of US consumers believes Trump is taking the right approach to Washington's financial relationship with China, while 35 percent disagree, according to a recent poll. Thirty-six percent of independents said the president is taking the wrong approach, compared to 12 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats who share that view.

Of course, what Americans think nationally doesn't matter as much when you have an election process for President that based on securing electoral college votes from states - and not securing a popular national vote. States like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are filled with voters demanding stricter trade and economic actions forcing a reset of America’s commercial relationship with China.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio believes the administration has “fallen far short” of his expectations on the trade front. “The problem in the White House is whispering in one ear are some people who are right on trade like (US Trade Representative Robert) Lighthizer and (US Commerce Secretary Wilbur) Ross,” Brown said in a Feb. 6 interview. “And in the other ear, you’ve got all of the Wall Street executives, in his other ear, whispering.”

You can read the full poll from Morning Consult here: https://goo.gl/DFYMYE 

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in global communications and thought leader management at the intersection of politics, policy, and profits. Working with boardrooms and C-Suite executives from multinational corporations, trade associations, and disruptive startups, Marc helps leaders create compelling communications, focused content, and engaging presentations.