Poll: 'American made' a priority for Republican Ohio voters
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
New polling data showed most Ohio Republican voters say small-town factory jobs are not coming back, and want their elected representatives to prioritize preserving and increasing U.S. manufacturing.
Among those surveyed, 80% believe the federal government's purchasing of foreign-made goods over "Made in USA" products has triggered manufacturing job losses across the country.
Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, said he hopes participants in tonight's GOP debate will recognize the shifting views of the next generation of Republicans on foreign trade.
"All the presidential candidates who are going to be in the debates need to understand that their voters represent a different Republican Party than we saw just a couple of decades ago," Paul contended.
Nearly nine in 10 Republican voters in Ohio said they support investing in rebuilding America's infrastructure, and 85% agreed taxpayer dollars should go toward infrastructure projects relying on American-made iron, steel and other construction materials, rather than imported products.
Eight in 10 Republican voters said the federal government should be able to prohibit U.S. corporations from investing in manufacturing in other countries if it poses a threat to national interests.
Paul added the majority of GOP voters want the next president to either increase tariffs on Chinese goods or keep the current tariffs in place.
"A large percentage of Republican primary voters in both Ohio and Pennsylvania think those tariffs need to be increased," Paul reported. "To help American manufacturing to help jobs here."
Seven candidates will debate tonight at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, including Gov. Doug Burgum, R-N.D., Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., former Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., former Vice President Mike Pence, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. The top contender for the nomination, former President Donald Trump, announced he will not attend the debate.
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