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Trump's Carrier Deal Pleased Voters Amid Growing Concerns Over Implications, Poll Shows

Donald Trump's deal with Carrier was a hit with voters, despite the red flags it raises.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday shows the agreement the president-elect struck with United Technologies' (UTX) Carrier last week to keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana played well with the American electorate. Six out of 10 voters surveyed said Trump's intervention to keep the heating and air conditioning systems maker from shipping hundreds of jobs in Mexico made them view him in a more positive light, even as a growing chorus voices alarm about the real estate magnate's tactics toward governing business.

"The Carrier announcement was big for Trump," Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult cofounder and chief research officer, told Politico. "Rarely do we see numbers that high when looking at how specific messages and events shape public opinion."

The Carrier deal helped Trump across party lines. Four in 10 Democrats say they view him four favorably and 54% of independents. Even about a third of Hillary Clinton voters said it improved his standing.

Moreover, most voters say the tactics Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the current governor of Indiana, employed were appropriate. More than half of respondents said they believe it is acceptable for the pair to directly negotiate private business, offer tax breaks, incentives or government contracts to keep jobs in the United States, and negotiate with individual companies on a case-by-case basis.

The online survey polled 1,401 registered voters on December 1 and December 2 and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

Not everyone is so comfortable with the strategies...