Results of Pew Research Center’s Global Trade Survey


September 27, 2018, 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
PIIE Webcast, Washington, DC

Bruce Stokes (Pew Research Center), Thea Lee (AFL-CIO) and David O'Sullivan (EU Ambassador to the United States)

Event Summary

Bruce Stokes, director of Global Economic Attitudes at the Pew Research Center, presented the findings of Pew’s latest Global Trade Survey on September 27, 2018, at the Peterson Institute. The survey, launched in 2014, covers 27 countries measuring public opinion on trade sentiment around the world, with particular interest in the partisan and populist differences in attitudes in the United States and Europe. This is the largest trade survey done anywhere, and the only one to ask these questions over time. Thea Lee, president of the Economic Policy Institute, and David O'Sullivan, ambassador of the European Union to the United States, shared their insights on the political economy of support for trade.

Bruce Stokes is director of Global Economic Attitudes at Pew Research Center, where he assesses public views about economic conditions, foreign policy, and values. He is also a nonresident fellow at the German Marshall Fund and an associate fellow at Chatham House.

Thea Lee joined the Economic Policy Institute on November 1, 2017, and became its president January 1, 2018. Prior to joining EPI, she worked at the AFL-CIO, where she served most recently as deputy chief of staff to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. She joined the AFL-CIO initially in 1997 as its chief international economist, then became policy director before serving Trumka.

Prior to his appointment as EU Ambassador to the United States, O'Sullivan was the chief operating officer of the European External Action Service. His career includes a number of senior positions within the European Commission: head of Commission President Prodi’s cabinet (1999–2000) and secretary general of the European Commission (2000–2005). He has extensive trade experience as director general for trade (2005–10) and chief negotiator for the Doha Development Round.