In a poll that’s certain to surprise no one, FTI Consulting found that 40% of Americans say the won’t buy products made in China, and 78% said they’d be willing to pay more for products that come from somewhere else.
The rising discontent with the Middle Kingdom comes after a long, two-year trade war, capped by the global pandemic that started in Wuhan, China and has caused economic devastation around the world.
More than half the respondents, 55%, say they don’t think China can be trusted to follow through on the commitments it made as part of the trade deal in January, and 66% favor raising import restrictions as a better way to boost the U.S. economy.
The sentiment is clear, but it remains to be seen if people will follow through. At the end of the day, many people vote with their pocketbook, and often they pull the lever for the product that will cost them the least, no matter where it’s made.