Poll: 2-in-3 U.S. voters say ‘necessary’ for Trump to fight China on trade

[Ed. – Are they right? Discuss.]

More than two-in-three American voters say it is “necessary” for President Trump to fight China on trade that has, for years, resulted in mass layoffs of U.S. workers and enabled a rise in Chinese imports.

Last month, Chinese officials announced that they would be retaliating against the U.S. by imposing five to ten percent tariffs on $75 billion worth of American goods — a response to Trump imposing new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese products in September and December. After the news, Trump demanded American companies move their production out of China and back home to the U.S.

The latest Harvard/Harris Poll finds that American voters are overwhelmingly supportive of the U.S. confronting China on trade, even if they believe the country is taking economic hits for doing so. A total of about 67 percent of voters said it is “necessary” for the U.S. to confront China on trade, while only 33 percent said it is “unnecessary.”

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