Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans, Japanese and many Europeans aren't sold on the benefits of trade. But people in China and other developing countries are far more convinced that it delivers jobs and higher wages.

That's according to a Pew Research Center international survey released Tuesday.

The center found that 50 percent of Americans say trade destroys jobs, while just 20 percent say it creates them. People in Italy, France and Japan are also far more likely to view trade as a job destroyer than as a job creator.

In China, Pew found 67 percent say trade creates jobs, and 61 percent say it raises wages. People in most emerging-market countries, from Vietnam to Tunisia, share that view of trade.

Pew surveyed over 48,000 people in 44 countries from March 17 to June 5.