Pew, XPat: Is The TPP Trade Agreement A ‘Sure-Fire’ Thing For All Member Nations?

Trade ministers from the U.S. and 11 other nations that border the Pacific Ocean will meet in Hawaii next Tuesday to attempt to finalize what would be the world’s largest regional trade and investment agreement: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

However, Pew Research reports that opinions are still divided on the issue of the TPP trade deal.

Pew reports:

89% of the public in the country of Vietnam back the potential accord.

The weakest support is in the U.S. and in Malaysia, at 38% of the public supporting the trade deal.

The greatest outright opposition to the TPP trade deal is in Canada, at 31%.  Opposition in Australia and the U.S. is at 30%.

About 12% of Americans and 31% of Malaysians say they haven’t heard of the negotiations, according to Pew.

Pew Research reports that there is a partisan divide on TPP in a number of nations.  In the U.S., a modest 51% of Democrats think TPP would be good for the country, despite Obama’s strong push for the pact. Only 43% of Republicans share that view, though most of the support for the deal comes from Republicans in the House and Senate.

“Similarly, in Canada, 70% of supporters of the ruling Conservative Party back TPP, but only 60% of Liberals and 42% of adherents of the New Democratic Party agree. In Australia, two-thirds of backers of the ruling Liberal National Party/Country Liberal Party coalition (67%) support TPP, while just 44% in the opposition Labor Party favor the agreement,” writes Pew Research.

“In four of the largest economies negotiating TPP, there is also a gender gap in public attitudes toward the deal. In the U.S., 53% of men favor TPP, but only 45% of women agree. Six-in-ten men in Japan think the trade deal would be good for the country, while only 46% of Japanese women agree…”

Interesting info from the website on the TPP:

“To be approved in Chile and Peru, the deal would still need to pass in these countries’ congresses. Their presidents are unlikely to be able to ram it through, meaning they could be in for a dogfight when and if the time for a vote comes around.”

(Updated article)


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