When it comes to polling, President Trump has gotten some good news over the last couple of months, with several polls showing an upswing in support among African Americans, a highly-coveted demographic.
This weekend, another survey brought even more positive results in another demographic critical to Trump’s chances for re-election.
Trump is winning with farmers
The Farm Journal Pulse Poll is reporting that the president’s approval rating among the nation’s farmers is sky-high, with 64 percent saying they “strongly approve” of his performance and another 19 percent stating that they “somewhat approve.” It was conducted this month and featured 1,286 respondents.
“Of note is the strongly approve category went up three percentage points from an already lofty (December) number and his highest overall approval ratings ever,” Pro-Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer explained and pointed to Trump’s recent trade wins as part of the reason.
“That says the president’s approval is rock-solid. With the recent upbeat news on USMCA and the Phase 1 accord with China, the ratings will likely remain firm ahead.”
If the poll is correct, then it has important implications for this year’s election. “Trump needs the rural vote to keep the same states he won in 2016 in his win column come November,” Wiesemeyer continued.
“In fact, contacts say he is focusing on winning Minnesota this time as a backstop should he lose a state he won in 2016. That means agriculture will continue to be a key topic in the president’s re-election campaign.”
Trump basks in the success
Trump appeared at the annual Farm Bureau Convention in Austin, Texas on Sunday. There, he talked up his administration’s success and made predictions about the future.
“We are winning for our farmers and we are winning like never before,” the president said to applause. “Farmers love America, and I just want to tell you that America loves our farmers.”
“We must ensure that America’s farms flourish and prosper and that’s what we’re doing – you feed our people, you fuel our nation, you sustain our land, you uphold our values and you preserve or cherished American way of life,” he declared.
Trump also contrasted his administration’s performance with that of his predecessors.
“I hope you all remember that, before I took office, American agriculture was being crushed by an onslaught of massive taxes, crippling regulations, burdensome federal band-aids – you know about that,” he remarked.