A new poll out shows that farmers and ranchers still overwhelmingly support President Donald Trump. However, the poll also shows that they would like the White House to focus more on building exports and ending the trade war with China.
The poll was commissioned by Agri-Pulse. Editor Sara Wyant says the president mentions his support for farmers and his work on improving trade at every rural political rally he attends. “That’s even as economic conditions on the farm are very difficult,” says Wyant. “Our research shows that farmers and ranchers are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, plus, they appear optimistic about his trade and regulatory policies. Producers still seem to believe there will be a payoff in the long run.”
The poll shows that 79 percent of farmers reached by phone strongly approve or approve President Trump. On the other end, 19 percent of respondents disapprove of the president. Along party lines, 92 percent of Republican producers approve of the way Trump is doing his job, 33 percent of Democrats, and 65 percent of independent voters also approve of the president. About 67 percent of Democratic farmers, which made up 12 percent of the total poll respondents, disapprove of Trump’s job performance.