TradeVistas | poll results show Americans support "Buy American" trade policies

Americans Love to “Buy American”

A TradeVistas poll found that Americans support “Buy American” policies requiring the federal government to buy from domestic suppliers. Learn more about trade’s elevated importance in the 2020 election.

TradeVistas | history of Buy American policies supporting Made in USA procurement

Evolution of Buy American Policies

The concept of maximizing taxpayer spend on American goods and services extends all the way back to the founding of the United States. Here’s a primer on the history of Buy American policies.

TradeVistas | why free trade promotes peace

Want Peace? Promote Free Trade

Why does protectionism lead to conflict and why does free trade help prevent it? Learn about the connection between peace and free trade.

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Do Americans Want the U.S. to Leave the WTO?

What do ordinary Americans think about the World Trade Organization (WTO)? A new poll by TradeVistas found that a plurality of Americans support leaving the WTO – but almost as many are “unsure” or “indifferent.”

TradeVistas | trade blacklisting and export controls

Blacklisting Deployed in the Battle Over Tech Trade

Blacklisting is being increasingly deployed in the battle over tech trade. The U.S. is controlling the export of commercial technologies to China in the name of national security.

TradeVistas | survey finds Nebraskans support trade but trust in media and trade policy is low

Nebraskans Support Trade But Trust in Media and Washington Is Low

Nebraskans appreciate trade’s role in the Nebraska economy. U.S. agricultural exports have a positive impact. But trust in the media and D.C. is low.

TradeVistas | India is a top trading partner with the U.S.

U.S.-India Trade Ties Continue to Defy Gravity

India is one of the United States’ top ten trading partners. But trade deficits continue to be a hot topic for policymakers in both Washington and New Delhi.

TradeVistas | section 232 tariffs, imported autos, and tariff authority

Driving Congress to Act on National Security Tariffs

Imported autos are being targeted with tariffs for “national security” reasons – but why? Congress introduced bipartisan bills to restrain the administration’s use of Section 232 tariffs. In a still-confidential 2019 report, the Department reportedly found that imported autos like the Volkswagon GTI “threaten to impair the national security” and recommended that the president impose tariffs as high as 25 percent.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Trade and Politics 2020

What Americans really think, what politicians say, and how Congress votes on trade – it might not surprise you that these don’t always line up.

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The Dismal State of America’s Working Class

Working class Americans have been unable to compete for jobs demanding specialized technical skills, while the places they live have been hollowed out by shifts in global supply chains and the death of low-skilled manufacturing. So long as these workers feel left out of the economic mainstream, they will remain a potent political force, including in the upcoming 2020 election.