Donald Trump kicked off his presidency with the lowest approval rating of any elected president — just 45 percent. Since then, he’s rarely risen above a 50 percent approval rating, and, with his numerous mishaps, he’s managed to alienate a significant portion of the people who originally rallied behind him.
The results of a new Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that even rural Americans are starting to turn on Trump.
Voters in “non-metro” areas are currently split equally when it comes to approval of the president. Forty-seven percent approve of the job Trump is doing and another 47 percent disapprove. After Trump’s first month in office, 55 percent of rural voters approved of Trump and only 39 percent disapproved.
Respondents gave a variety of reasons for their dissatisfaction with Trump. Some said they’re frustrated that he hasn’t yet made good on his promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Others, like Drew Carlson, a 19-year-old respondent from Warrensburg, Missouri, have said that they are unsettled by Trump’s anti-immigrant proposals. Carlson explained to Reuters:
‘There should be some sort of compromise between a free flow of people over the border and something that’s more controlled.’
He also said that Trump’s “constant fixation on deportation is a little bit unsettling to me.”
John Wilson, a 70-year-old retired banker, listed off several other ways that Trump has disappointed him in the last nine months.
Wilson is bothered by Trump’s frequent trips to his personal golf resorts, and also wishes that the president would do more to address health care. He’s also worried that Trump will renege on his promise to deport all undocumented immigrants.
‘Every president makes mistakes. But if you add one on top of one, on top of another one, on top of another, there’s just a limit.’
While Trump’s approval rating is falling, he’s still more popular in rural parts of the United States than he is in other parts of the country.
Robert Cody, an 87-year-old retired chemical engineer for Bartlesville, Oklahoma, said about Trump:
‘I like him less, but I support him more.’
David Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University, also spoke to Reuters about why he thinks many rural Americans are so willing to support Trump.
‘Feelings of resentment and deprivation have pervaded a lot of these places. And here comes a candidate (Trump) who’s offering simplistic answers.’
As far as the dissatisfaction that many are experiencing, Karl Stauber, who runs a private economic development agency that serves manufacturing communities in south-central Virginia, said:
‘Rural people are more cynical about the federal government than people in general are. They’ve heard so many promises, and they’ve not seen much done.’
Stauber also suggested that Trump’s inability to make good on a lot of his campaign promises has alienated some of the people who originally supported him.
‘It just seems like we’ve dropped off the screen.’
Despite having only been in office for a little over nine months, Trump has already launched his re-election campaign. However, it’s going to be difficult for him to win a second term — assuming he makes it through his first four years — if he continues to disappoint those who voted for him the first time around.
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