Politicians in America’s Rust Belt will likely struggle to capitalize on U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war in November’s congressional elections, with a September poll showing voters in the region are cool on the effect of tariffs.
A Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Poll found that a plurality of voters in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – states in America’s industrial heartland that backed Trump in the 2016 presidential election – thought tariffs were not good for themselves or their families.
Support for tariffs among likely voters – people who have been identified as most likely to take part in the upcoming election – varied from 33 percent in Pennsylvania to 38 percent in Michigan. In all states, more were negative on tariffs, varying from 44 percent in Indiana to 50 percent in Wisconsin.
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