According to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult for the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, almost half of American adults support globalization.
The release of these results follows Bloomberg L.P. founder and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands last week to assess hurricane damage and prior to this Wednesday’s first Bloomberg Global Business Forum, a gathering of global business and government leaders to discuss plans for growth and opportunity around the world during U.N. General Assembly Week.
Nearly half of the survey respondents said they either “strongly” (15 percent) or “somewhat” (32 percent) support globalization. This number is almost double those that “somewhat” (14 percent) or “strongly” (11 percent) oppose globalization.
Even with a protectionist trade push coming from the Trump administration, fifty-two percent of respondents say they support expanding international free trade, with only 25 percent opposing. Republicans were less supportive of free trade according to the results, with 49% in support, compared to 61% of Democrats.
Other notable results from the survey include:
- Thirty-six percent say globalization will help create American jobs, compared to 23 percent that believe it will not.
- Seventy-two percent of respondents feel less safe now, compared to 16 percent that do.
- Thirty-nine percent say their personal financial situation has improved over the past five years, compared to 28% saying it has stayed about the same and 12% saying it has gotten worse.
- Fifty-two percent of Americans support immigration, with 35% opposing. Only 35% of respondents think immigration may pose a threat to the U.S. economy, compared to 16% saying it will have no effect and 31% saying immigration will create jobs.
The Morning Consult survey was conducted September 12-14, interviewing 2,094 adults in the United States. The margin of error is +-2 percent.
You may review the Morning Consult / Bloomberg Global Business Forum survey results and cross-tabs here.