How Did Farmers Grade Trump's First 100 Days?

April 27, 2017 02:12 PM

Farm Journal Media has tracked farmer sentiment of Donald Trump since mid-2015. Several polls throughout 2015 and 2016 showed he was the clear favorite candidate within the agriculture industry. Now that it’s 2017, and President Trump is wrapping up his first 100 days in office, is farm country standing by its selection?

According to the latest FJM Pulse poll, Trump’s farmer support has remained largely intact. Asked to grade his first 100 days in office, a healthy majority of the more than 1,200 respondents assigned A’s and B’s. Specifically, 43% of respondents would give Trump an A and another 30% would give him a B for his first 100 days.

Another 12% of respondents gave Trump a more middle-of-the-road C, with the remaining 15% assigning a D or F.

Trump has had a relatively active first 100 days that has included assembling his cabinet (including Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture and Scott Pruitt as administrator of the EPA), signing a flurry of more than 30 new executive orders, and signing some 28 pieces of legislation into law to date.

Several other items on Trump’s policy agenda – including infrastructure investment, immigration reform, tax cuts, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, renegotiating trade agreements and more – will highly impact farmers if and when they are enacted.

Trump’s approval rating at the national level is much lower than it is in farm country. According to a Gallup poll from April 25, his approval rating is 39%. Since taking office, this number has remained consistently in the low 40s and high 30s. It is the lowest 100-day approval rating of any modern president, according to analysis from NBC News.

The Farm Journal Pulse polls farmers and ranchers for their straight-from-the-farm opinions and crop progress updates. 

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Spell Check

minn guy
perham, MN
4/28/2017 08:51 AM

  NFTA= Not-Fair-Trade to America, he needs to work out a better deal, we've been getting it up the --- and smiling the whole time. A trade surplus with Mex to a neg 60 billion in 20 years, no way to business.

Eastern, NE
4/27/2017 09:09 PM

  Buck H. must have gotten his hand caught in the cookie jar somewhere down the road for that chip on his shoulder! Trump is a hack--a spoiled, rotten, brat! He and is cronies are going to set us back to the stone age with regard to trade. Whether you're in favor of NAFTA or not, there have been benefits to most farmers with that agreement. As long as we're price takers and not price makers--we're at the mercy of federal cheap food policy. Regardless, like I wrote during the election, the Fudd/Pig ticket was the way to go. This country had NO choice in our candidates. Now, we have a Twitter bitch!

Bingham Lake, IN
4/27/2017 09:12 PM

  In his first 100 days, Trump has appointed a sec of ag from outside the farm belt, almost destroyed the RFS with an executive order which would have been devastating to corn farmers (but got talked out of it for now), agitated our number one corn import customer, Mexico (who is seriously exploring more corn imports from SA as a result), threatened NAFTA this week that caused a 10 cent drop in corn that day, and insulted our second most important ag customer, Canada. And we farmers voted for this?


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