What is in this article?:
- 'Made in America' Gets Strong Backing from Voters
- Public Supports Tough Stance with China
Listen up, Ralph Lauren. A survey of 1,200 Americans shows that 97% have a favorable view of goods manufactured in the United States. Moreover, there is a high level of support across the electorate for strong Buy America programs for public works.
Republicans (87%), Democrats (91%) and independents (87%) all favor Buy America policies, according to the survey released Monday by the Alliance of American Manufacturing.Even when presented with arguments from critics of Buy American about higher costs and increased taxes, voters supported Buy American policies by a wide margin.
The survey found that 53% of voters rate manufacturing as the industry "most important to the overall strength of the American economy."
“It’s striking how clearly voters—Republican and Democrat alike—see strengthening manufacturing as the key to rebuilding the U.S. economy,” said Scott Paul, AAM's executive director.
Voters put creating jobs, specifically in manufacturing, and strengthening manufacturing in the U.S., as top economic priorities, according to the poll and focus groups conducted by a bipartisan team of Republican and Democratic pollsters.
The AAM survey found that a 56% of voters no longer see the U.S. as having the world’s strongest economy. Of those polled, 38% rated the United States as having the strongest economy, while 31% put China at the top. Germany was named by 4% and Japan by 2%.
Despite this finding, 88% of voters said they believe it’s possible for America to have the strongest economy, and 92% believe it is important for the United States to regain that position.