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Poll Shows Popular Support for NAFTA as Talks Head Into Third Round

Posted September 21, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Lesley Wroughton – Reuters)

As negotiators head into the third round of talks to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, an IPSOS poll published on Thursday showed broad-based support among Americans, Canadians and Mexicans for the 23-year trade pact.

Despite repeated attacks against NAFTA by U.S. President Donald Trump, the poll showed that 58 percent of American respondents overall, 79 percent of Mexicans and 74 percent of Canadians support their countries’ participation in one of the world’s biggest trading blocs.

NAFTA underpins over $1 trillion a year in trade between the three countries, accounting for 39 percent of Canada’s GDP and 49 percent of Mexico’s but just 5 percent in the case of the United States, the world’s largest economy. Click here to read more.

Related: Trump’s NAFTA Withdrawal Threat Looms as Negotiators Scramble to Meet Deadline (CP)