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Fifty-four per cent of U.S. businesses say free trade with Canada has made the U.S. economy better off, according to a new poll by Nanos Research.But U.S. companies in the Midwest are outliers in the study: only 46 per cent of surveyed employers there said lower trade barriers with Canada made them better off. The Midwest was the only region where fewer than half of U.S. firms felt positively about Canada.Story continues belowThe results were released Monday, as the Trump administration kicks off a three-week “Made in America” campaign ahead of the start of NAFTA renegotiations on Aug. 16.U.S. President Donald Trump is widely expected to release today a list of official goals for the NAFTA talks.READ MORE: Donald Trump’s NAFTA wish list coming soonThe Nanos poll, which was conducted between May 30 and June 10, highlights why the U.S. president wants trade concessions from Canada, even though most U.S. businesses see U.S. trade with its northern neighbour favourably.Midwestern states like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa all turned Republican during the 2016 election, helping Trump clinch the presidency.READ MORE: Trudeau warns U.S. against ‘politically tempting shortcuts’ ahead of NAFTA renegotiationsThe survey also shows that fewer than half of U.S. firms (45 per cent) believe NAFTA, which also includes Mexico, had a positive impact on the U.S. economy. One in four firms thinks the country is worse off because of NAFTA, while 13 per cent believe it has had no impact. Sixteen per cent are unsure.Midwestern businesses were even more negative about NAFTA than they were about Canada, with only 37 per cent saying the U.S. economy benefited from the free trade agreement.WATCH: Trudeau vows to be tough on Trump when it comes to NAFTA