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Survey: Europeans, Americans Question Benefits of Trade

A new survey indicates public opinion in the United States and Europe supports free trade, but most people are ambivalent about whether they will benefit.

A survey published Tuesday by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, shows most respondents think increased global trade benefits big companies and rapidly developing countries like China and India.

Fewer than half of those surveyed think they will personally benefit.

The findings come from interviews with thousands of people in the United States and five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Britain).

The data was issued before next week's gathering of nearly 150 members of the World Trade Organization to discuss a global trade pact that was intended to slash trade barriers and boost the global economy.

Talks have stalled amid bickering over efforts to cut agricultural subsidies in wealthy nations.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.