President Trump's Approval Among Farmers Soars to Record High of 83%
A new poll reveals massive support from American farmers
President Donald Trump's support among American farmers has hit new highs this week, according to a new poll.
The latest Farm Journal Pulse Poll, which included the responses from 1,286 farmers, Trump's approval rating hit a record high of 83 percent, one point higher than the previous poll.
Just 18 percent of farmers disapprove of President Trump, the poll adds.
The latest poll reveals the highest approval of the president since Farm Journal began tracking Trump’s support from farmers.
Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer, stated:
“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."
“That says the president’s approval is rock-solid,” Wiesemeyer added.
"With the recent upbeat news on USMCA and the Phase 1 accord with China, the ratings will likely remain firm ahead.”
Farmers who said they “strongly approve” of President Trump rose to 64 percent in January, which is up 61 percent at the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, just 19 percent said they “somewhat approve” of Trump’s performance.
And three percent said they “somewhat disapprove.”
“Trump needs the rural vote to keep the same states he won in 2016 in his win column come November,” Wiesemeyer said.
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“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 praised the many accomplishments of American farmers when he spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention in Austin.
Last year, the Trump administration began to roll back an Obama-era environmental rule that saw farmers face fines for not complying with regulations on waterways.
The rule, known as the “Waters of the US” or WOTUS, was implemented by the Obama administration in 2015.
The oppressive rule was meant to define which waters were subject to the regulations of the Clean Water Act, but instead just ended up confusing landowners, and made running their businesses more difficult.
Though WOTUS was supposed to include agricultural exemptions for farmers, the federal government sued John Duarte for $2.8 million for plowing his field without a permit due to residing on seasonal wetlands.