Approoval ratings for President Donald Trump are slipping in rural America, according to a new poll.

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Rural America is losing its love for Trump, poll finds

His numbers overall aren't great either.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Oct 9, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 2:57 pm CDT

Support for President Donald Trump is reportedly slipping in rural American communities, the places in the country that most helped push him toward the presidency, according to a new poll.

A poll by Reuters and Ipsos found that adults in “non-metro” areas are now as likely to disapprove of Trump as they are to approve of him.

In Trump’s first weeks in office, 55 percent of rural Americans approved of the president, compared to 39 percent who disapproved of him. In September, only 47 percent of people in non-metro areas approved of Trump while 47 percent disapproved of him.

The poll also found that Trump lost support among rural white Americans and people who never went to college.

Many of the 15,000 people polled by Reuters and Ipsos said they are frustrated with Trump’s lack of delivering on immigration promises–such as his border wall. Approval of Trump’s handling of immigration mirrored his overall approval rating, dropping from 56 percent early in his presidency to 47 percent last month.

Those polled also said they had yet to see “concrete changes” that have helped make “life easier” in rural America.

“It just seems like we’ve dropped off the screen,” Karl Stauber, a south-central Virginia voter, told Reuters.

Trump won a higher percentage of rural voters than any other president in the modern era. Overall, Trump’s average approval rating is at 39 percent, according to Real Clear Politics.

Trump’s handling of healthcare has also been a source of frustration, according to the poll, with voters approval of Trump’s actions regarding the complicated issue dropping steadily since early May.

The poll surveyed people over the phone in zip codes that are considered “non-metro” by the federal government. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

You can read more about the Reuters Ipsos poll here.

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*First Published: Oct 9, 2017, 10:15 am CDT