DTNPF Poll Finds Trump’s Job Approval Sits at 53% in Rural America

DTNPF Poll Finds Trump's Job Approval Sits at 53% in Rural America

Rural America gives President Donald Trump the edge. But farmers are highly concerned about trade, health care and the environment. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith) On the eve of national elections, a majority of rural adults approved of President Donald Trump’s job performance. Farmers have been willing to give him space on trade. But there are issues floating around out there that either Trump or his successor ignore at their peril. A DTN/Progressive Farmer Zogby Analytics Election poll found that 53% of adult rural Americans approved of the president’s work, including his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Support for the president is strongest in the critical Central Great Lakes region of the United States (55% of rural adults support him there), among those 65 years of age and older (60% support him), rural white people (55%) and married rural adults (57%). INDECISION AND DISSATISFACTION But this poll also showed indecision and dissatisfaction in rural America. Eleven percent of rural adults are undecided about their choice for president. Forty-two percent of rural residents and farmers strongly or somewhat disapproved of the president’s job performance. More rural adults (39%) told the poll that agriculture is worse off than it was four years ago. Twenty-three percent said it is better. A pretty strong 17% are riding the fence as undecided. HOW SURVEY WAS DONE The survey included 1,008 adults living in rural counties and 120 completed surveys from the Progressive Farmer subscriber list. The margin of error is plus/minus 2.9 percentage points. […]

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