When it comes to trade, majority of Americans say they don’t know enough to have an opinion

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In this Thursday, July, 5, 2018 photo, a bay of 40-foot shipping container fill the stern of a container ship at the Port of Savannah in Savannah, Ga. The United States and China launched what Beijing called the

In this Thursday, July, 5, 2018 photo, a bay of 40-foot shipping container fill the stern of a container ship at the Port of Savannah in Savannah, Ga. The United States and China launched what Beijing called the "biggest trade war in economic history" Friday, July 6, imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods amid a spiraling dispute over technology. (Stephen B. Morton/AP Photo)

NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

Here are this week’s topics:

With the U.S. government recently announcing that fertility rates remain at record low levels —
Gallup asks respondents whether they want to have children, and if so, how many. Also, as preference for male children has been a very significant issue worldwide, if they could only have one child, would Americans want it to be a boy or a girl?

Regarding trade and tariffs, one of President Donald Trump’s big issues, new data show that the majority of Americans say they don’t know enough about it to have an opinion. Just as many people say trade is good versus bad, but workers are more likely to say that trade is good.

Despite the President’s comments to Justin Trudeau, Americans are very positive about the trade practices of Canada, but remain negative towards the trade practices of China. Americans are also positive about the trade policies of the European Union and Japan, but have mixed views of the trade policies of Mexico.

Listen to the audio above to hear the full conversation.

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