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Free-Trade Opposition Unites Political Parties in Bloomberg Poll

  • Majority of Americans pick fewer jobs over non-U.S. ownership
  • Trump, Sanders have leveraged U.S. opposition to free trade
Ni Meijuan, center, with trainees Enabel Perez, right, and Maria Elisena de Leon, left, at Keer Group’s cotton mill in Lancaster County, South Carolina, on May 20, 2015.

Ni Meijuan, center, with trainees Enabel Perez, right, and Maria Elisena de Leon, left, at Keer Group’s cotton mill in Lancaster County, South Carolina, on May 20, 2015.

Photographer: Travis Dove/TRAVIS DOVE/The New York Times/REDUX

Opposition to free trade is a unifying concept even in a deeply divided electorate, with almost two-thirds of Americans favoring more restrictions on imported goods instead of fewer.

The latest Bloomberg Politics national poll shows the issue unites the country like few others, across lines of politics, race, gender, education, and income.