Pew Research Center Study Release of Views of Trade


September 17, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
Bruce Stokes (Pew Research Center), Duncan Campbell (International Labor Office and Institute for the Study of Labor), Thea Lee (AFL-CIO) and Susan C. Schwab (Mayer Brown)

Event Summary

The Peterson Institute for International Economics hosted the launch of the Pew Research Center's new multinational poll results on views of trade on September 17, 2014. Bruce Stokes, the center's director of global economic attitudes, presented the poll results, which provide an in-depth assessment of popular views on trade and foreign investment, comparing and contrasting public opinion in emerging, developing, and advanced economies, as well as regional breakdowns and individual country and demographic results. The Pew Research Center's initiative polled 48,000 people in 44 countries for their subjective views on important questions including: Is trade good for the respondents' country; does trade create or destroy jobs; does it raise or lower wages or prices; is greenfield investment good for their country; and are foreign mergers and acquisitions good or bad?

Following the presentation of the poll results, Duncan Campbell, International Labor Office and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Thea Lee, AFL-CIO; and Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, strategic advisor at Mayer Brown, discussed with Stokes what the data say about the political mood for trade and investment in the United States and what that means for progress at the World Trade Organization and on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Event Materials

Presentations: Bruce Stokes [pdf] | Duncan Campbell [pdf]