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Executives reject protectionism

Despite growing concern over United States trade policies and the ability of US industry to maintain a competitive position worldwide, there is little support among American executives for more protectionist policies, according to a survey by Opinion Research Corporation.

Although a majority of executives would like to see more pressure put on foreign governments to open their markets to imports, three-fourths of a sample of 110 top executives of US-based multinational corporations say they believe US trade policies should remain as they are, or become less protectionist.

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Nine out of 10 of these same executives also feel that the government is no t doing enough to encourage US exports.

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