Three-quarters of Americans are willing to pay more to buy “Made in USA” products over goods made overseas and a higher percentage of them want an economic nationalist overhaul in the wake of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus (coronavirus) crisis, a survey finds.
According to a FTI Consulting survey, up to 94% of American voters said they want economic nationalist policies implemented in the U.S. economy.
In total, about 66% of the voters said they support increasing tariffs on foreign imports, while only 34% want more free trade agreements between the United States and other countries.
Among the surveyed, 76% said they are willing to pay 5% to 100% more for U.S.-made goods over products made overseas, while 24% said they are not willing.
Many Americans are tired of their goods being made in China. The survey reveals that about 4-in-10 Americans said they will not buy products imported from China.
The remaining 60% of the voters said they will still buy products from China, but about 34% of them said they do not like the fact that they are made in China.
The survey, conducted from May 12 to 14, showed that Americans are most supportive of economic nationalist policies that mandate country-of-origin labeling as well as requirements that key supplies, goods, and products be manufactured in the United States.
About 94% of the voters said they support requiring labels on each product that indicates all of the countries where the product was designed, manufactured, and assembled and indicates what percentage of the product was made in each country. Only 6% oppose the requirement.
A majority of Americans want the United States to mandate that medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, products bought by the Defense Department, airplanes, and airplane parts be made in America.
On medical supplies, 88% of Americans support a requirement that it be made in the United States, while 12% oppose it. For pharmaceuticals, products bought by the Defense Department, airplanes, and airplane parts, 81% to 87% of Americans support requiring they be made in the United States.
The survey is expected to further support the “Buy American and Hire American” initiative signed by President Donald Trump in April 2017, which directs federal agencies to protect U.S. workers’ jobs from employers that abuse temporary work visa programs.
According to Breitbart, 5 million American manufacturing jobs have been eliminated from the U.S. economy since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted and the CCP entered the World Trade Organization (WTO). Of them, 3.4 million jobs were lost due to U.S. free trade with CCP. The mass elimination of working- and middle-class jobs, as a result, has coincided with a more than 600% increase in trade deficits.
During a speech at a Ford plant in Michigan on May 21, President Trump said the CCP Virus pandemic has proved that “to be a strong nation, you must be a manufacturing nation,” and vowed to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States.