Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Voters in Rust Belt states support Trump's views that trade deals hurt U.S. manufacturing jobs

Donald Trump's promise to bring back Rust Belt manufacturing jobs lost through trade deals helped carry the Republican to victory in key states on Tuesday, Tami Luhby and Jennifer Agiesta report for CNN. Trump won Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and is expected to be named the winner in Michigan.

In exit polls, voters agreed "with Trump's view that trade agreements have hurt American workers," Luhby and Agiesta write. "Half of Michigan's electorate feel trade takes away jobs, and these folks supported Trump by a 57 percent to 36 percent split. The 31 percent who think it creates jobs backed Clinton by a 65 to 31 margin."

"In Ohio, 47 percent of voters say trade hurts workers, and they lined up for Trump by a more than 2-to-1 margin," Luhby and Agiesta write. The 46 percent who say it creates jobs or has no effect strongly backed Clinton. And in Pennsylvania, 53 percent of the electorate agree that trade is bad for jobs. Some 62 percent supported Trump, while 34 percent backed Clinton. Among the 35 percent who feel trade is a job creator, Clinton was the favored candidate by more than a 2-to-1 margin."

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