Free trade is one issue responsible for the success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — in their campaigns against the centrist establishments of both major political parties. Nobody is more directly involved in the consequences of international agreements and the business of free trade than the truckers who pick up goods at America's two busiest ports and deliver them across the country. But even they are divided about the merits of free trade. And as the presidential campaign moves West, we hear that even California voters are ambivalent about the future of free trade.
Special thanks to Saul Gonzalez, JC Swiatek, Caitlin Shamberg for production assistance.
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Mike Madrid, GrassrootsLab (@madrid_mike)
John Stevenson, heavy equipment mechanic
Marco Poehner, teacher/farmer
Josh Barro, Business Insider / KCRW's Left, Right & Center' (@jbarro)
Elizabeth Wahl, educational consultant
Dornsife/Times poll on California voters' worry about trade deals