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Survey: Hoosiers evenly split on Trump steel/aluminum tariffs

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Hoosiers are almost evenly split on President Trump’s decision to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, according to the preliminary results of the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2018 Hoosier Survey.

In the telephone survey of 604 adult Hoosiers, 42 percent of those responding approved of the new tariffs compared to 41 percent opposed.

“Indiana is one of the leading steel producing states, but we also have many steel consuming manufacturing firms and workers,” said Charles Taylor, managing director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, which conducts the annual public opinion survey. “So, it is not really surprising that Hoosiers are so divided on this aspect of trade policy.”

“We find that these tariffs are more popular with higher income Hoosiers than those with lower incomes,” Taylor noted. “About 50 percent of those with annual household incomes of at least $75,000 approve, compared to only 42 percent who disapprove. For those with incomes of $30,000 or less, only 31 percent approve, well less than the 49 percent who disapprove. Among younger Hoosiers, those under 35 years of age, approval was only 32 percent, well under the 49 percent approval of those 55 years and up.”

When asked whether they support or oppose raising tariffs on goods imported from China, Hoosiers were more favorable, with 54 percent expressing support and only 33 percent opposed. Once again, higher income Hoosiers were more favorable with 65 percent supporting, than those with the lowest incomes with only 39 percent supporting. Older Hoosiers expressed greater support, 60 percent, than younger Hoosiers, 46 percent.

The survey also indicates that views on tax reform are polarized by party, Taylor said. “Both types of tariffs are very popular among Republicans, with 79 percent approving the steel tariffs and 83 percent the tariffs on Chinese imports, there is less support among independents, with 33 percent and 51 percent approval levels, and little support among Democrats, with only 14 percent approving the steel tariffs and 25 percent supporting the tariffs on imports from China.”

The Old National Bank Ball State University 2018 Hoosier Survey obtained telephone interviews with a representative sample of 604 adults living in Indiana. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (316) and cell phone (288, including 184 with adults with no landline phone). The survey was conducted by Issues & Answers Network Inc. Interviews were done in English from Oct. 2-20, 2018. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.


Posted 11/1/2018




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