U.S. farmers continue to throw their support behind President Donald Trump, despite a lack of progress in tariff talks with China’s Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Japan earlier this month.
A Farm Journal Pulse survey conducted Monday shows that 79% of farmers now approve of the job Mr. Trump is doing, versus 74% who said they approved in the Pulse poll conducted on June 11. That approval rating includes 53% who strongly approve and 26% who somewhat approve.
"Many in the ag sector hope the president works things out with China, but know it is a difficult endeavor.” - Jim Wiesemeyer, Pro Farmer Policy Analyst
The June 11 survey had 1,129 respondents, while yesterday’s survey had 1,100 respondents from farmers and ranchers.
Fifteen percent of respondents say they strongly disapprove of the president’s job performance. That percentage remained the same from the June 11 survey. Only 4% of respondents reported strong disapproval for the president while 2% were not sure.
“The Pulse result accurately captures what I hear in my many talks throughout the country and from emails from many farmers and ranchers,” says Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer. “Many in the ag sector hope the president works things out with China, but know it is a difficult endeavor.”
The Farm Journal Pulse is a national text message based survey sent to approximately 5,000 farmers and ranchers in the continental United States for their straight-from-the-farm opinions on topics that are wide-ranging—from production agriculture to politics and everything agriculturally focused in-between. The survey provides an at-the-moment snapshot of farmer sentiment of current thoughts and trends on a topic, reflecting the raw, unweighted vote totals of Pulse participants.
The June Pulse survey of presidential approval drew the attention of the Wall Street Journal as well as President Donald Trump who tweeted about the supportive poll results on his return from the G-20 Summit in Japan.
The highly respected Farm Journal has just announced my Approval Rating with our great Farmers at 74%, and that despite all of the Fake & Corrupt News that they are forced to endure. Farmers have been unfairly treated for many years - and that is turning around FAST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2019
Suggestions for the Pulse survey can be e-mailed for consideration to FJPulse@farmjournal.com.
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