Attention Must Be Paid: Political Awareness and Trade Preference Formation

@article{Liou2013AttentionMB,
  title={Attention Must Be Paid: Political Awareness and Trade Preference Formation},
  author={Yu-Ming Liou and P. Sima-Eichler},
  journal={Political Behavior: Voting \& Public Opinion eJournal},
  year={2013}
}
What explains public opinion on trade? Many scholars of trade opinion argue that individuals form opinions about trade based upon personal economic interest. However, public opinion research suggests that individuals are rarely able to connect the effects of national policies with their own interests. This paper addresses this puzzle. Based on over three decades of public and elite survey data, we find that higher levels of political awareness robustly predict greater support for free trade… Expand
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