A majority of voters in Ohio do not want America as the leader in world affairs, according to a poll released Monday.
A Politico/AARP report, conducted between Sept. 2 and Sept. 11, found 25 percent of Ohioan voters want the U.S. to take a leading role in world affairs, while 46 percent want the U.S. to have a major, but not a leading role. Three percent want the U.S. to have no role in world affairs, 16 percent want the country to have a minor role and 11 percent were unsure, according to Morning Consult.
Ohio voters were asked whether the U.S. should take a leading role in solving international problems as well as questions about their satisfaction with the country’s role in world affairs.
A combined 39 percent of voters were either very or somewhat satisfied with the U.S.’s role in international affairs while a combined 50 percent were somewhat or very dissatisfied.
A majority of voters in the state, however, believed international trade was generally beneficial to the country.
Ohioans connected with Trump’s criticism toward free trade during the 2016 campaign, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
“You go to New England, Ohio, Pennsylvania, you go anywhere you want, Secretary Clinton, and you will see devastation where manufacturing is down 30, 40, sometimes 50 percent,” Trump said to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton at the first 2016 presidential debate, the Journal reported. “NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement] is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere but certainly ever signed in this country.”
Over 50 percent of Ohio voters now view NAFTA favorably, according to Politico.
NAFTA, signed in 1994, was designed to encourage trade among America, Mexico and Canada by eliminating tariffs, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. (RELATED: US And Mexico On The Brink Of New NAFTA Deal)
Trump won Ohio with 51.3 percent of the vote in 2016, according to The New York Times.
The Politico/AARP poll surveyed 1,592 registered Ohio voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. The Morning Consult conducted interviews online.
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