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American voters, by a nearly 4-to-1 margin, support Congress passing the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, according to a new poll released by the Pass USMCA Coalition.

The Morning Consult polling firm conducted the national survey of 1,995 people from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. It has a 2 percent margin of error.

Of the respondents, 51 percent favor Congress passing USMCA. Of that group, 32 percent “somewhat support” and 19 percent “strongly support” the trade treaty.

Some 34 percent had no opinion. And 14 percent oppose it, with 10 percent of that group “somewhat opposed” and 4 percent “strongly opposed.”

In a further breakdown, 60 percent said knowing the deal gives U.S. dairy farmers more opportunity to sell to Canada makes them more likely to support it.

Some 54 percent said stronger intellectual property and patent protections for American medical innovations, such as medicines, makes them more likely to support it.

Provisions requiring auto manufacturers to have a higher percentage of their parts made in the U.S., Mexico or Canada to qualify for lower import taxes, led to 52 percent saying that makes them more likely to support it.

“Voters understand that the deal protects American workers, manufacturers, farmers and innovators,” said Rick Dearborn, Pass USMCA Coalition executive director.

“USMCA is a deal both Democrats and Republicans can get behind,” said Gary Locke, former Washington governor and coalition co-chair.

Central Washington field reporter

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