Sen. Graham ‘Not So Sure Most Americans’ Favor Free Trade, But Pew Suggests Otherwise

On Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on ABC’s "This Week." During the segment, host George Stephanopoulos asked Graham about free trade, first reading the following tweet from Senator John McCain (R-AZ):

STEPHANOPOULOS: Your response?

GRAHAM: I'm not so sure John's right about where America is on trade. The Bernie Sanders element of the Democratic Party doesn't stand for free trade; Hillary Clinton said she would get out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership if she had become president.

There's a movement in our Party that Trump's seized that got him the nomination and eventually become president of the United States. So I'm not so sure a majority of Americans believe that globalization and free trade is in our interests.

I believe that; John McCain believes it; but the reason we're having these problems here at home – Brexit, Italy – there's a movement all over the world to look inward, not outward, and I think it's a mistake, but I'm not so sure most Americans agree with John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Sen. Graham may not believe "most Americans" are in favor of free trade, but a recent survey by Pew Research tells a different story.

According to Pew:

A majority of U.S. adults (56%) say free trade agreements have been a “good thing” for the country as a whole, while 30% say they have been a "bad thing." That is the highest share expressing positive views of free trade agreements in three years. ...

Graham does appear to be correct, however, in his assessment of the way in which many Republican voters view free trade.

Pew reports: "While 46% [of Republicans and right-leaning independent Americans] say these agreements have been a bad thing for the country, nearly as many (43%) say they have been a good thing."


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