The mainstream media has been ramming full-speed ahead with almost nonstop doom-and-gloom coverage of the coronavirus and how it’s President Donald Trump’s fault.
But a new poll seems to show that the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t resonated well with most Americans — and that they are blaming China for the spread of the virus, which originated in the communist nation.
The poll from FTI Consulting found that 78 percent of Americans say that would pay more for goods to avoid buying products made in China.
According to the District Herald:
Additionally, 40 percent say that they will no longer be buying Chinese products.
The poll conducted conducted May 12-14 by FTI Consulting found that 55 percent of Americans do not believe that China will follow through on their trade-deal commitments to buy more US products. Additionally, 66 percent favor raising restrictions over the pursuit of free trade deals to boost the economy.
President Donald Trump has floated severing ties with China in recent weeks, telling Fox Business that “there are many things we could do — we could cut off the whole relationship.” He has also suggested reducing the number of visas available to Chinese students.
The pollsters also found that 22 percent of Americans say they won’t buy from India, 17 percent refuse to purchase from Mexico and 12 percent are boycotting goods from Europe.
The Trump administration is pushing heavily to remove global industrial supply chains from China and bring them back to America.
“We’ve been working on (reducing the reliance of our supply chains in China) over the last few years but we are now turbo-charging that initiative,” Keith Krach, undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment at the State Department told Reuters.
“I think it is essential to understand where the critical areas are and where critical bottlenecks exist,” Krach added.
The U.S. is looking at tax incentives and potential re-shoring subsidies to encourage companies to come back to America from China.
“This moment is a perfect storm; the pandemic has crystallized all the worries that people have had about doing business with China,” said another senior U.S. official.
“All the money that people think they made by making deals with China before, now they’ve been eclipsed many fold by the economic damage from the coronavirus,” the official added.
Trump has been railing against China for years and even floated the idea last year to bring production home from China to ensure that the U.S. is not dependent on other countries for things that are vital.
“Our Country has lost, stupidly, Trillions of Dollars with China over many years. They have stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a year, & they want to continue. I won’t let that happen! We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them. The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP” Trump tweeted last August.
He added in a second tweet: “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA. I will be responding to China’s Tariffs this afternoon. This is a GREAT opportunity for the United States.”