Upcoming Streaming Event

University of Maryland's New Opinion Survey on Trade

I. M. Destler (University of Maryland) and Steven Kull (University of Maryland)


June 26, 2019 8:45 AM to 10:00 AM
PIIE Webcast, Washington, DC

Event Summary

A new opinion survey on trade from the University of Maryland (UMD) will be presented at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) on June 26, 2019. The scholars behind the research, I. M. “Mac” Destler and Steven Kull, both at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, will discuss the major findings from this comprehensive survey on American public attitudes toward the international trade regime and current US policy. Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at PIIE, will chair the event and share his insights on trade and US public opinion.

The Destler-Kull study analyzes American attitudes about the post-war international system promoting international trade. The study of over 2,993 American voters—an online probability-based sample from Nielsen Scarborough—sought to determine public views on: promoting the growth of international trade through an international rules-based system; the World Trade Organization; efforts to mitigate the displacement effects of trade through increasing unemployment benefits, working, retraining and education; labor and environmental standards in trade agreements; tariffs, including on steel and on China; and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The study used a unique method in which respondents were presented a briefing on key issues and evaluated arguments for and against policy options before making conclusions.

I. M. Destler, Saul I. Stern Professor at UMD, specializes in the politics and processes of US foreign policymaking. He has consulted on government organization for economic and foreign policymaking at the Executive Office of the President of the United States and the Department of State, and held senior research positions at PIIE, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Brookings Institution.

Steven Kull, senior research associate and director of the program for public consultation at UMD, is a political psychologist and has conducted indepth studies of public opinion on public policy issues for over two decades.

Marcus Noland has been associated with the Institute since 1985. He was previously a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He has held research or teaching positions at several universities, including Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California, and Tokyo University.