Poll: Majority of Americans support Trump's plan to offer aid to farmers hit by tariffs

A majority of Americans say they support President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE's plan to offer $12 billion in aid to farmers impacted by retaliatory tariffs from U.S. trade partners, according to a new American Barometer poll. 

The survey, a joint project of The Hill and HarrisX polling company, found that 60 percent of Americans surveyed said they agreed with Trump's move, while 40 percent said they opposed it. 

The plan's supporters were also divided along party lines. Eighty-three percent of Republican respondents said they supported giving farmers aid, while 38 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Independents polled said they agreed. Sixty-two percent of Democrats polled said they opposed the move, while 40 percent of Independents and 17 percent of Republicans said the same. 

The Department of Agriculture announced earlier this month that it would offer $12 billion in aid to farmers hit by retaliatory tariffs slapped on U.S. grain, produce and meat exports amid Trump's escalating conflict with trade partners. 

Trump had imposed tariffs on imported aluminum, steel, and Chinese goods earlier this year, prompting China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico to target U.S. agricultural exports including corn, soybeans, beef and poultry. 

"This is highly wrapped up in attitudes toward President Trump. If you like Trump, you like this plan. If you dislike Trump, then you dislike this plan," Emily Ekin, polling director at the libertarian Cato Institute, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

While a majority of Republicans polled agreed with the move, various GOP lawmakers, including Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Cuomo signs legislation declaring Juneteenth an official holiday in New York Trailing in polls, Trump campaign resurrects Hunter Biden attacks MORE (Wis.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate to vote Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court Senate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal MORE (Alaska), and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSweden bans use of Huawei, ZTE equipment in new 5G networks McConnell aims for unity amid growing divisions with Trump Cornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' MORE (Neb.) have spoken out against it. 

The HarrisX survey was conducted on July 29-30 among 1,058 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is 3.01 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester