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Americans Prefer U.S. Manufacturing Over Lower Consumer Costs

Many in the manufacturing business worry the newly imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports can hurt the United States’ manufacturing base by driving up costs for both businesses and consumers. Most Americans agree it’s important to keep a major industrial base in the United States, even if it costs consumers more.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 89% of American Adults believe it is at least somewhat important for the United States to have a major manufacturing and industrial base, including 63% who believe it is Very Important. Only eight percent (8%) say it is not very or Not At All Important to keep a manufacturing base at home. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 5-6, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 5-6, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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