Americans Support Cooperative Approach on North American Trade and Climate Issues -- Strong Backing for Trade
U.S. Survey Commissioned by the Canadian American Business Council and Conducted by FD
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the eve of talks between President Obama and the leaders of Canada and Mexico, a new survey of U.S. voters conducted by communications consultancy FD for the Canadian American Business Council (CABC) shows strong support for a cooperative approach on free trade and North American climate change, with close to two thirds backing free trade with Canada as a way to create jobs.
"The results show Americans supporting a sophisticated approach on the big issues of the economy and climate change," said Maryscott Greenwood, Executive Director of the CABC. "What they are saying is they want policymakers to work together on climate, at the same time continuing to support the economic policies that are working."
According to the results of the poll, on the economy 61 percent of American registered voters want to continue free trade with Canada to create jobs. 31 percent favor trade restrictions.
On climate change a joint approach had overwhelming support, with 65 percent saying North American countries should be working together on a joint plan to address climate change. 26 percent said each country was better off developing their own plans.
"On the big economic issues, Americans want to see the leaders working together," said Don Millar, Managing Director of FD and head of the firm's Canadian unit, FD Element. "The special relationship between Canada and the United States is evident on free trade. At the same time voters see climate change is about more than the environment, it's also a pocketbook issue, and they want to see their leaders working together to solve it."
Methodology: The CABC/FD poll was conducted by telephone from August 4-6, 2009 among a random, representative sample of 800 registered voters, age 18 and older (margin of error +/- 3.5 %).
To obtain complete poll results, please see attached.
About The Canadian American Business Council
The CABC is the voice of business in the world's most prosperous relationship. Established in 1987 in Washington, D.C., the Council is a non-profit, non-partisan, issues-oriented organization dedicated to elevating the private sector perspective on issues that affect our two nations. Our members are key business leaders and stakeholders from both sides of the border. The Council's activities include high-level briefings on issues of current concern, assistance with practical trade and policy challenges, significant networking opportunities, and informative seminars.
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FD U.S. NATIONAL POLL Nationally Representative Sample of 800 Registered Voters August 4-6, 2009 Overall Margin of Error = +/- 3.5% A. Gender Gender Total Female 52% Male 48% B. In what year were you born? Age Total 18-29 18% 30-44 28% 45-54 19% 55-64 18% 65+ 17% C. For statistical purposes only, could you please tell me your ethnic background? Ethnicity Total White/Caucasian 75% African-American/Black 11% Hispanic/Latino 10% Asian-American/Asian 1% Native American 1% Other (Specify) 1% Don't Know / Refused 1% D. Would state records show that you are CURRENTLY registered to vote? Registered to Vote Total Yes 100% 1. Thinking about the economy, I want to read you two opinions about jobs in America and see which comes CLOSER to your own... (RESPONSES ROTATED) 61% Some people say we need to continue free trade policies between the United States and Canada because they will help create more demand in Canada for U.S. products and services, which will create more jobs in the U.S. 31% Other people say we need to implement more policies that restrict free trade between the United States and Canada and focus on protecting the American economy and jobs from Canadian imports that benefit Canada's economy but take jobs from the U.S. 7% Don't Know 1% Refused 2. As you may know, President Obama will be meeting with the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada. One of the issues they will discuss is how to address the issue of climate change. I would now like to read you two opinions about this issue and see which comes CLOSER to your own... (RESPONSES ROTATED) 65% Some people say the United States, Canada and Mexico should all work together on a joint plan to address climate change. 26% Other people say the United States, Canada and Mexico should each develop and pursue their own plans to address climate change. 6% Don't Know 3% Refused
CONTACT: Emma Rigby Deputy Director CABC 202 496 7906 email@example.com www.canambusco.org Don Millar CEO FD Element 604 240 1290 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fdelement.com
SOURCE Canadian American Business Council