PUBLISHED SUN, AUG 18 2019 9:00 AM EDTUPDATED SUN, AUG 18 2019 9:52 AM EDT By more than a 2 to 1 spread, Americans believe in free trade over tariffs. Although Americans approve Trump's handling of the economy, that spread is decreased to only a 3% lead (49 to 46) from a 16% lead (50-34) thirteen months ago. By a narrow 49%-46% margin, Americans still approve of Trump’s handling of the economy. But that’s down from 51%-41% approval in early May and an even more robust 50%-34% in July 2018. Americans like free trade by 64%-27%, an increase from 57%-37% two years ago in Trump's first year. Trump's general approval fell from 45% to 43%. It appears his hardcore followers in for the long haul, but Trump must be worried that he cannot gain new support.