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Polls provide only cold comfort for trade war fears

US public polling is, on the surface, comforting for the global economy. While surveys confirm entrenched US support for steel and aluminium tariffs, our in-depth review highlights more limited appetite for a severe escalation even among President Trump’s core support. But there’s a catch. Despite the vehemence of recent political rhetoric, the public’s trade policy views are strikingly weak – and vulnerable to the persuasion of adept politicians.

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