A new poll shows that the controversy and concern over fast track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement resonates far beyond Washington, D.C., and that lawmakers who support flawed, job-killing trade deals do so at their own risk.
The poll shows that if Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sides with Senate Republicans and the Obama administration and votes for fast track, he’ll likely pay a price at the ballot box in his 2016 reelection bid.
According to the new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Democracy for America, half (50%) of all Oregon voters would be less likely to vote for Wyden in his 2016 reelection if he voted for fast track authority.
He is widely believed to be one of the Senate Democrats most likely to work with Republicans and the White House to secure passage of fast track and the TPP.
The AFL-CIO agrees that fast-tracking the TPP would be a mistake: it has been negotiated behind closed doors, with inadequate input and influence from America’s working families. The administration has even refused to follow Congress’s instructions to include enforceable currency provisions (which would boost American manufacturing) in the deal. Unless it’s renegotiated, the TPP appears to be one more failed trade deal likely to cut jobs and reduce wages.
According to PPP’s new polling, 63% of Oregonians oppose the TPP and a startling 73% oppose giving the president authority to ram trade deals through Congress without broad public debate or amendments.