Farm Country Sees Midterm Elections As Vote To Support Trump

October 17, 2018 11:38 AM
While his name will not appear on a ballot Nov. 6, President Donald Trump looms large over the midterm elections.

While his name will not appear on a ballot Nov. 6, President Donald Trump looms large over the midterm elections. In rural America, that vote is largely seen as an opportunity to backstop the Trump administration, according to the latest Farm Journal Pulse Poll.

Respondents were asked if President Trump will have an influence on their midterm votes. Of the 919 respondents, 62% said they planned to vote for Republican candidates in order to support the president.  Just 11% indicated plans to vote for Democrat candidates to oppose the president.

The polling comes after a couple of significant political wins for the president: the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and a tentative, revised trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

Twenty-six percent of the poll’s respondents said presidential politics will play no role in Congressional balloting next month.

Nationally, the latest FiveThirtyEight poll shows Democrats with a nearly 9% advantage in the popular vote margin.

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Spell Check

prattsburgh, NY
10/18/2018 06:39 AM

  any sane republican will NOT vote for a republican congressman, yes vote to retain control of the senate but supporting this president and agreeing with his policy is another thing. He has harmed American farmers and ranchers more than anyone since Carter. I was a Trump voter but this insanity has flat out wore me out. We complained about the big O governing by edict this one has done the same. btw wotus is still alive hah another big lie. come on you big fiscal conservates tell me again what a GREAT job he is doing

Columbus, NE
10/18/2018 08:05 AM

  Gonna vote Republican! Can't continue to live with the socialistic attitude of the Democrats!. Whole Cavanaugh thing was a joke, the man was guilty just cuz "She" said do. Democrats are a joke! Just raise taxes and support freeloaders

Kent E Frerichs
Wilmot, SD
10/18/2018 07:06 AM

  I don't believe you talked to a representative group of farmers. No one wins in a trade war. The Trump Tariffs are a 300 billion dollar tax on the American consumers. The negative impacts of the tariffs on agriculture will last for generations. Positive results could have been achieved if the concerns would have been dealt with in a professional, respectful manner rather than treating other countries like a bully. Other industries are also suffering from the ill-conceived tariffs. Ford Motor Company announced a billion dollar loss and are going to lay off workers. The US Treasury data shows the federal budget deficit rose to $779 billion in fiscal year 2018, an increase of 17 percent. They project the deficit to exceed one trillion next year. This can only mean bad news for higher interest rates. The people I talk to believe moderate Democrats can turn these negative events around.


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