Friday, October 5, 2007

New Survey Sends Mixed Messages on Globalization

According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, Western attitudes toward globalization are hardening even as the developing world is eager for more.

In the US and Europe, faith in free markets remains strong but respondents expressed growing skepticism about unrestricted free trade. However, among the publics of China, India and many African nations, support for globalization is nearly universal. Some countries with over 90% of the population holding positive views of free trade: Senegal (95%), Ivory Coast (94%), Kenya (93%), Ukraine (91%), Malaysia (91%), China (91%), Bangladesh (90%).

A rare glimmer of hope for the development-through-trade crowd? Or do the findings suggest that globalization's winners are looking to close the door behind them?

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