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Voters not Sold on Fast Track
Jesse Richman, 2/12/2014

A new poll on trade policy preferences concerning Fast Track was recently released.  Overall these results are resoundingly consistent with previous surveys.  Public support for policies that continue to promote imbalanced "free" trade has been and remains very low.  Public support for granting the president authority to pursue a fast track to a bad deal is also very low.

There is some interesting material in the poll.  In particular, Republican rhetoric against Obama's assertion of unilateral presidential authority appears to be deepening Republican voters' opposition to granting the president Fast Track authority.  The numbers are quite striking.  Republican members of the House should clearly think twice and three times, and check if they have a primary challenger, before voting for Fast Track.

Republicans and conservatives especially believe that fast-track authority gives the president too much power. Among Republicans, 87% find the argument that fast track gives the president too much power a very or fairly convincing reason to oppose fast-track authority (85% among conservatives). Similarly, 61% of Republicans say their single greatest concern about Congress giving the president fast-track authority is that it would give the president too much power (64% among conservatives).

Overall the poll finds much more opposition than support. 62 percent of respondents oppose granting fast track authority versus 28 percent who favor granting that authority. 

Voters highest priorities for trade deals are preventing U.S. jobs from moving overseas (49 percent including 55 percent of Republicans) and preventing unfair competition that lowers workers wages.

According to the press release, these are the sponsors and detals concerning the poll.

From January 14 to 18, 2014, Hart Research Associates and Chesapeake Beach Consulting conducted a national survey among 816 registered voters.

The bipartisan survey measures voters’ views on proposed fast-track negotiating authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The poll’s margin of error is ±3.5 percentage points and was conducted on behalf of Communication Workers of America, Sierra Club, and the U.S. Business and Industry Council.

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Comment by M, 2/16/2014:

American politicians don't care about opinion polls, unless you are prepared to organize other voters and raise campaign contributions. 

The Republicans are belly-aching about the President having too much power??                                                   The Republicans ceded substantial constitutional authority to President Bush (II).                                              Those constitutional powers remain available to be reclaimed any time the House of Representatives is ready to stop talking about it, and take affirmative action.


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