The disputed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement has attracted vocal critics, while also spurring the discussion around free trade in general.  To gain more insights into the free trade debate, we asked 10.000 Europeans which arguments against free trade they find convincing.

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More than 1 in 3 Europeans believe free trade threatens jobs due to increased competition from other countries, and thus makes it the argument ranked first. Europeans ranked environmental concerns second, with 27% of Europeans worrying that increased transportation volumes could lead to increased environmental impact. Having to open their market to genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), a buzzword in the TTIP debate, is not one of the top arguments against free trade, but people are equally worried about letting in GMOs and lowering product standards, thus ties with lowering product standards in third place.  

The results vary depending on the country, however: Germans worry most about environmental impact (36%), while GMOs rank a close second for Germany (35%) as well as Poland (29%).