Americans no longer think the U.S. economy is No. 1: New Poll

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President Camacho

In the global race for jobs and economic prosperity, the United States is No. 2. And it is likely to remain there for some time. That’s the glum conclusion of most Americans surveyed in the latest Allstate/ National Journal Heartland Monitor poll. Henry Luce famously labeled the 20th century the “American Century.” This survey suggests that most Americans now doubt that this new century will bear that name.

In the poll, only one in five Americans said that the U.S. economy is the world’s strongest—nearly half picked China instead. Looking forward, Americans are somewhat more optimistic about regaining primacy, but still only about one in three expect the U.S. economy to be the world’s strongest in 20 years. Nearly three-fifths of those surveyed said that increasing competition from lower-paid workers around the world will keep living standards for average Americans from growing as fast as they did in the past. Ruben Owen, a retired Boeing engineer in Seattle who responded to the survey, spoke for many when he said, “We’re still in a reasonably good place … but it’s going to get harder because other places are growing stronger.”


This question posed is something of a strawman, as "international trade" in and of itself isn't nessecarily problematic-- just trade policies like the current one involving massive labor arbitrage which erodes American self-sufficiency and economic leverage. Neverthless we see the large disparity between blue-collar and "educated" whites on this matter.

Presumably, non-college negroes and Hispanics share the skepticism of their white counterparts; the higher overall non-white faith in free trade is likely due to their preferential placement in the Public sector (and/or for Mexicans the obvious benefits NAFTA etc bring to their homeland).

Niccolo and Donkey

Where's the manufacturing? What about trade balance?

What happened to the service and financial services based economy?