Bw/Harris Poll: Freer Trade Gets An Unfriendly Reception

President Clinton kicked off his campaign to secure "fast track" authority to negotiate trade deals on Sept. 10. His objective is to expand existing free-trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement. Americans, however, don't think much of fast-track power, and they don't want freer trade. Most support NAFTA as is, although they say it hasn't affected them personally. They worry that future deals will hurt jobs and eat into wages. Support for Clinton's plan is strongest among younger, better-educated Americans. Overall, Democrats oppose expanding NAFTA. For a more detailed analysis of the poll's results, see the accompanying story, "A Deeper Look at the Numbers."

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