Voters Unhappy About Tariffs, State Roads
Marquette poll shows low support for Trump tariffs and outstate concern about roads.
People in northern and western Wisconsin have a particularly dim view of local roads, according to the latest survey from Marquette University.
The poll also found voters statewide have a negative view of President Donald Trump‘s tariffs, although many voters question whether they’re to blame for Milwaukee-based motorcycle company Harley-Davidson shifting some jobs overseas.
Marquette’s poll interviewed 800 registered voters from July 11 to July 15. It had a margin of error of 4 percent.
“Whether there’s actually finger-pointing to say, ‘You could have fixed my roads and you didn’t,'” Franklin said. “This is really the political question that we’ll see played out in the fall.”
Franklin said the roads question shows many people in rural areas and smaller cities continue to believe state government pays better attention to public needs in more heavily populated southern Wisconsin.
The same survey found most Wisconsin residents believe the tariffs that Trump placed on foreign imports will hurt the U.S. economy.
Overall, 55 percent of people view the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as harmful. Only 24 percent approve of the tariffs.
But on a related question, only 37 percent said blamed retaliatory tariffs by Europe are the reason for Harley-Davidson moving more production jobs overseas. 47 percent said the jobs would have left regardless.
Franklin said some longstanding views may be in play.
“A belief that has been built up over 20 or 30 years if not more, that manufacturing is being pressured to move overseas anyway,” Franklin said.
Franklin said there is a partisan split, with far more Democrats than Republicans saying Trump’s policies are prompting the Harley job losses in the U.S.
Listen to the WPR report here.
Northern, Western Wisconsin Residents Have Dismal View Of Roads In Latest Survey was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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