Last week, YouGov included a couple of interesting but clumsy questions about jobs and trade. The organization has released a new poll this week with a much cleaner question that cuts to the chase. It asks respondents if “free trade is good or bad” for the US. The following graph shows, for selected demographics, the percentage who think it is good and subtracts from that the percentage who think it is bad. The 36% answering “not sure” are coded neutrally:
The paleocon stands alone.
Neoliberalism isn’t losing. To the contrary, it’s co-opting leading figures on the left. Immigration wasn’t the only thing Bernie Sanders was singing a different tune on four years ago. He was also once skeptical of trade agreements.
No longer. Now it’s all silent on the Democratic Socialist’s front. The last time he tweeted about “free trade” was in 2016. He brought it up regularly in the last presidential election cycle, but just as the neoliberal establishment corrected him on immigration, it has corrected him on trade as well. Update: As was pointed out in the comments, Sanders does bring up trade with some frequency. Interestingly, he does it more frequently on his smaller Senate account than on his larger and more salient presidential account, and while he regularly mentioned “free trade” in the 2016 election, he no longer does so.