Trump scores 60 percent approval in rural areas

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Vermont is changing now though. All the NYC hippies from the 60s (think Bernie) are now growing old and the young ones that stay are conservative. Most people under 50 that get an education leave Vermont. They have a harder time attracting youth so things are going a bit more conservative up there. They now have a GOP governor and far more libertarian and republican seats in their legislature and mayors. Thats a changing state in the next decade or so.
Lots of blue states have GOP governors from time to time, I would be shocked to see Vermont turn red or even red-purple but I'm not from New England.
 
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Lots of blue states have GOP governors from time to time, I would be shocked to see Vermont turn red or even red-purple but I'm not from New England.
I think its likely in another 10-15 years. They just cant get many young people there. IBM used to be there to attract educated workers and now they are gone. Its becoming very rural and farm like with pockets of extreme poverty. They have programs to pay people to move there. If little changes its going to be a different state. The famous communes and hippie enclaves are gone. Several towns now have tons of Mormons moving in. Its a weird dynamic currently.

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President Trump’s job approval rating in rural areas of the Rust Belt and Great Plains states is at 60 percent, markedly higher than his job approval rating nationally, according to a new poll commissioned by Democrats

A Change Research survey sponsored by The American Federation of Teachers and One Country, a group with close ties to former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), found that 60 percent of voters from non-metro counties in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and West Virginia approve of the job Trump is doing.

While Trump’s job approval rating among rural Democrats is only at 7 percent, he gets 97 percent support from rural Republicans and 51 percent support from rural independents.

Trump’s favorable rating in rural areas is at 55 percent favorable and 40 percent unfavorable in the nine states polled.

Among the states covered by the poll, Trump is most popular in North Dakota and Pennsylvania, hitting the 60 percent favorable mark in both states. He scores his lowest marks in Michigan and Wisconsin, where his favorability rating is at 51 percent.

A plurality of rural voters, 39 percent, said the trade war with China is hurting small towns in the short term but that it’s necessary to restore balance to global trade in the long run. Thirty-six percent said a trade war is harmful in the short term and long term and that Trump should end the trade war with China immediately, while 14 percent said the trade war is not hurting the economy.

Gun rights and illegal immigration are the most important issues to men in rural areas, while women listed health care and illegal immigration as their top concerns.

Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states
what a coincidence. it is about the same as the rural approval rating for having sex with livestock. who cares?
 
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The fact of the matter is, urban and suburban voters have been fairly patient with rural voters. In a democracy, majority decides the election. Yet a system has been set up via the Electoral College and the Senate to ensure that rural America has an overwhelmingly powerful per-capita voice, compared to what cities prefer. And this is right.

Yet if rural voters continue to risk the patience of urban and suburban voters by demanding ever-greater federal farm subsides and bailouts, a total ban on federal firearms regulations, and active destruction of environmental regulations of agriculture ... and these are the real issues, nobody really cares about where and how people worship ... then they will eventually find some of their power taken away. It's inevitable. Rural power depends on the active consent of urbanized America.

And let's not pretend that "rural" automatically means conservative. Vermont is as rural as you get. New Mexico is pretty rural. Colorado is fairly rural. All three of these states are firmly in alignment with progressives in the cities at least on certain issues. There used to be a huge urban-rural divide in Colorado but the demographics have changed and now only certain types of rural voters are fully aligned with the GOP there, and not enough to keep the state from going reliably Democratic.
nailed it. great post.
 
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Vermont is changing now though. All the NYC hippies from the 60s (think Bernie) are now growing old and the young ones that stay are conservative. Most people under 50 that get an education leave Vermont. They have a harder time attracting youth so things are going a bit more conservative up there. They now have a GOP governor and far more libertarian and republican seats in their legislature and mayors. Thats a changing state in the next decade or so.
Reading your posts one would think the entire New England area is turning red...
 
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Reading your posts one would think the entire New England area is turning red...
maybe he is just talking about the fall colors changing the leaves to red. there is no vast movement to the dark side in new england states. they were traditionally republican when it was just old money in charge of state politics, but now that the GOP is the party of racism and bigotry and sexism and lying corruption, not so much.
 
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Reading your posts one would think the entire New England area is turning red...
It isnt, but republicans up here would be democrats elsewhere. The blue up here are more Sanders like, very left. Moderates tend to be republicans up here. The entire dynamic is different than down south. People dont realize that.
 
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maybe he is just talking about the fall colors changing the leaves to red. there is no vast movement to the dark side in new england states. they were traditionally republican when it was just old money in charge of state politics, but now that the GOP is the party of racism and bigotry and sexism and lying corruption, not so much.
Three out of 6 New England states have GOP governors. GOP up here is nothing like the rest of the country.
 
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Meh ... the folks in rural areas ain't gonna save him even with the EC affording those in Wyoming and Alaska 3-4 times the voting power as those in CA and NY.
it is like those maps that show all the vast areas of more gophers and varmints than people in the areas away from cities that vote red. as if land area counts, not actual people.
 
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