Which candidate's approach to globalization would you support?
- Candidate A is more defensive, focusing on responsive actions to protect the middle class. "A" doesn't really say anything that precludes Candidate B's more proactive focus.
- "B" proposes to protect workers (without going into specifics, and the proposals don't preclude any of the more detailed actions suggested by "A") but suggests that the primary focus should be on vauge proposals to encourage innovation, and unspecified health, energy, and education reforms to create new jobs.
(see the more detailed descriptions of A and B in the slide below - I think the blue text at the top is commentary, not a part of the question that was asked, actual text is in small print at the bottom of the slide).
I assume the respondents were read the stands of the two candidates and were then asked, "Given what you've just heard, would you be more likely to support Candidate A, who says we need to protect American workers in new trade deals, or Candidate B, who says we need create new jobs through development of new ideas and products?"
The results are from a poll of U.S. voters in early October on their attitudes towards globalization conducted by the Benenson Group and sponsored by the liberal New Democratic Network (NDN): Americans unhappy with economy, looking for strong leadership from Washington. Edward Luce reported on this Friday for the Financial Times: For US voters, it’s still the economy.
The pollsters found a number of systemic differences in opinions. This slide breaks out the answers to the question above by some of the characteristics of those surveyed. While overall the answers were about balanced there were strong differences based on education, household income, size of employer, and whether or not the respondent was a blue or white collar worker:
There's a lot more useful information on these and other survey results at the web site. Slides were created by Pete Brodniz of the Benenson Group. I wish they'd supplied a simple memo with all the questions listed in order, with responses to each, and any notes about special interviewer instructions.