41% of online Americans believe free trade is bad for US economy
Some 31% of those queried in Pew Internet survey believe that free trade has been mostly good for the U.S. economy and American workers, while 41% believe free trade has been mostly bad for the economy and workers. As of early July, 26% of internet users had gotten news about the debate over free trade online or through email. That represents over 33 million people. Of all the arguments being made in favor of free trade, the most well-known was that free trade improves U.S. relationships with other countries (77% of Americans had heard that). The most well-known anti-free trade argument was that it allows companies to lay off American workers and send their jobs overseas (89% had heard that argument).