US Poll: Americans have concerns about new tariffs

00:51  14 march  2018
00:51  14 march  2018 Source:   CBS News

Trump threatens Europe with more tariffs

  Trump threatens Europe with more tariffs President Trump on Saturday threatened to tax European cars if the European Union retaliates against his steep tariffs on aluminum and steel. Trump suggested in his tweet that the U.S. would not impose the aluminum and steel tariffs on the E.U. if they dropped their tariffs."The European Union, wonderful countries who treat the U.S. very badly on trade, are complaining about the tariffs on Steel & Aluminum," he tweeted. "If tTrump suggested in his tweet that the U.S. would not impose the aluminum and steel tariffs on the E.U. if they dropped their tariffs.

More Americans overall disapprove than approve of President Donald Trump's import tariffs on steel and aluminum,  but Republicans back the president, and they believe the U.S. would come out ahead if a trade war were to ensue.

A majority of Democrats and a plurality of independents disapprove of the new tariff measures, while two-thirds of Republicans approve.

If such a trade war were to take place, Americans are more than twice as likely to think it will leave the U.S. economy worse off rather than better. Republicans, unlike Democrats and independents, tend to think the U.S. economy will come out better off.

Schumer: Trump must back down from ‘sweeping’ tariffs

  Schumer: Trump must back down from ‘sweeping’ tariffs Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging President Trump to back down from his proposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, instead urging the president to focus on China. "The president's instincts to go after China are correct, but the policy he proposes doesn't fit the bill. It's not well targeted. It's not precise. And as a result, it could cause a mess of collateral damage that hurts America more than it helps," Schumer said on Wednesday.

This poll was conducted by telephone March 8-11, 2018 among a random sample of 1,223 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Glen Mills, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The poll employed a random digit dial methodology. For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household. For the cell sample, interviews were conducted with the person who answered the phone.

Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish using live interviewers. The data have been weighted to reflect U.S. Census figures on demographic variables.

The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request. The margin of error includes the effects of standard weighting procedures which enlarge sampling error slightly.

This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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Flake Files Bill to Stop the Trump Tariffs .
Sen. Jeff Flake on Monday introduced legislation that would nullify the tariffs President Donald Trump imposed last week on steel and aluminum imports. Mexico and Canada, who along with the U.S. are in the midst of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, are initially exempt from the new tariffs, a carveout Flake said would lead to uncertainty among other countries.“If implemented these tariffs will do just what tariffs have always done. They will lead to job losses and will stymie economic growth,” the Arizona Republican, who is retiring at the end of this year, said on the Senate floor.


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