U.S. Public Opinion on Trade

Trade Matters

Episode 16: A Closer Look: Nebraskans on U.S. Foreign Policy | June 2, 2020 | 46 minutes

Guest: Salman Ahmed, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Salman Ahmed, project editor of a new report on Nebraskans’ views of foreign policy, discusses the report takeaways—including what surprised him most about Nebraska. The project was designed to test assumptions about how U.S. foreign policy interacts with the economic wellbeing of the middle class and bring heartland voices to a debate that is typically influenced by coastal cities. He also discusses possible ways to better integrate the economic experience of American citizens into the foreign policymaking process.

Related Reading:

  • Report: Salman Ahmed, et al., U.S. Foreign Policy for the Middle Class: Perspectives from Nebraska, May 2020.

Episode 23: Listening to Americans on Trade Policy | December 15, 2020 | 27 minutes

Guest: Catherine Novelli, President, Listening for America
There is growing momentum around the effort to understand how Americans everywhere perceive the impact of trade policy and their role in international commerce. Catherine Novelli draws on her experience as a trade negotiator and State Department official and recent conversations with over 1,000 Americans nationwide to discuss this trend. She explains why input from a broad swath of Americans is important to the development of trade policy, how the U.S. government is set up to receive feedback, and how diverse perspectives can be integrated into trade policymaking.


Listening for America | November 9, 2021 | 60 minutes

Motivated by the “disconnect between policy makers in Washington and everyone else,” Catherine Novelli, a former trade negotiator and State Department official, set off on a nationwide listening tour in an effort to understand how individuals and small businesses experience trade and how it affects their communities. Novelli and the Listening for America team spoke to over 1,000 Americans across the country about their experiences with international trade and globalization. Novelli discusses the results of these conversations, captured in a new report that provides recommendations on a policy framework intended to tangibly benefit Americans.

Related Reading:

  • “Connecting People with International Trade: Summary Findings and Recommendations from Nationwide Listening Tour,” Listening for America, October 2021.