Poll: Trump loses favorability among rural voters

Poll: Trump loses favorability among rural voters
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President Trump’s popularity is falling among rural voters, a new Reuters-Ipsos poll found.

Trump’s approval rating among people in non-metro areas of the U.S. dropped to 47 percent last month, compared to 55 percent during the first week of his presidency.

His disapproval rating in the communities reached 47 percent in the poll, compared with 39 percent in the earlier period.

His favorability dropped among white people, men and those who didn’t attend college, the poll found.


And satisfaction with Trump’s handling of immigration also dropped by double-digits, falling from 56 percent during his first month in office to 47 percent last month.

Trump won a higher percentage of the vote in rural communities than any other president in the modern era, bringing in 62 percent of the vote. Former President George W. Bush had earned 60 percent of the rural vote back in 2000.

Respondents interviewed by Reuters said they were frustrated that Trump had not yet gotten his border wall, and others said they were uncomfortable with the administration’s travel restrictions, like the since-expired ban on refugees and on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries.

The poll of 15,000 respondents has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.