A strong plurality of Americans believe that globalization has sidelined them, but has been good for the US economy overall. So, how do they react? They want the government to help them out: massive majorities of Americans believe the government should make college tuition-free and provide healthcare to all people. At the same time they think everyone is whiny: majorities (or strong pluralities) believe that liberals, conservatives, and young people complain too much.
Americans have mixed feelings about globalization; they think it hurts them, but helps the country. “Globalization has sidelined people like me over the last 10 years or so.” 48 percent agree and 34 percent disagree; 52 percent of Democrats agree and 46 percent of Republicans agree. “Globalization is good for the US economy overall.” 47 percent agree and 35 percent disagree; 58 percent of Democrats agree and 42 percent of Republicans agree.
Americans, worried that globalization is making everyone, but them, rich, thinks the government should make things better for them: free college and healthcare. ” Should the government make college tuition-free?” 67 percent agree and 27 percent disagree; 82 percent of Democrats agree and 47 percent of Republicans. ” Should the government pursue a universal health care system guaranteeing health care to all people?” 76 percent agree and 19 percent disagree; 90 percent of Democrats agree and 61 percent of Republicans.
Americans think we are nation of complainers; conservative and liberal both complain too much. “Conservatives complain too much.” 49 percent agree and 33 percent disagree; 57 percent of Democrats agree and 46 percent of Republicans. “Liberals complain too much.” 56 percent agree and 28 percent disagree; 38 percent of Democrats agree and 87 percent of Republicans.
The PredictWise and Pollfish survey received responses from 1,200 people on Feb. 27 through online and in-app polling methods. We do not report margin of error because we do not believe it can be accurately estimated.
Tobias Konitzer is a PhD candidate in communication at Stanford University. Find him on Twitter @KonitzerTobias.
Sam Corbett-Davies is a PhD candidate at Stanford University in computer science. Find him on Twitter @scorbettdavies.
David Rothschild is an economist at Microsoft Research. Find him on Twitter @DavMicRot.