Majority Of Americans Support Trump Aid To Farmers

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Evie Fordham Politics and Health Care Reporter
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A majority of U.S. adults approve of President Donald Trump’s plan to send billions of dollars in aid to farmers to offset retaliatory tariffs.

Fifty-six percent of U.S. adults support the $12 billion bailout package for farmers who face hardship because of recent tariffs, according to a CBS poll that was conducted from Thursday to Saturday.

Tensions have been rising in the trade war between the U.S. and China that is hitting U.S. farmers hard. The U.S. and the European Union were facing off over trade barriers until a meeting between Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday. (RELATED: EU BACKS DOWN AFTER TRUMP TARIFF THREAT)

Three-quarters of Republicans approve of the plan to send billions of dollars in aid to farmers compared to a third of Democrats who approve, reported CBS.

The CBS poll also found that 50 percent of Americans think Trump is doing a “good job handling” the economy, while 43 percent of Americans think he is doing a good job with trade.

CBS asked Americans whether trade issues are matters of “principle” or “pocketbook” for them. Twenty-five percent of Americans said that trade issues matter to them out of principle — they want the U.S. to be treated fairly in trade deals — rather than because a trade war would “impact their finances directly.” Ten percent of Americans said trade matters because trade policies affect their pocketbooks directly.

Forty-two percent of Americans said that trade is a matter of both principle and pocketbook, according to CBS.

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