Amid increasing tariffs and controversial biofuels policies, farmer support for President Donald Trump is waning. That’s according to a Farm Journal Pulse poll conducted this week.
The survey of 1,153 farmers shows 71% of them approve of the job Trump is doing. In July, 79% of farmers supported the president. Of the farmers who currently support the president, just 43% strongly approve, which is down 10 percentage points from July.
According to Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer, President Trump realizes support in farm country is dwindling.
“Opinion polls are signaling some trouble for President Trump,” he says. “A ‘Fox News’ poll showed Trump slipping even among groups that have long been his supporters. Trump's support is weakening in key areas, including non-college educated whites, rural voters and small-town voters.”
This week the president acted on biofuels to try and improve his standing with corn farmers in the Midwest. Meanwhile, China increased tariffs on many agricultural goods increasing tension and indicating the trade war is far from over.
The Farm Journal Pulse is a national text message-based poll sent to approximately 5,000 farmers and ranchers in the continental U.S. The survey provides an in-the-moment snapshot of farmer sentiment on a wide range of topics, reflecting the raw, unweighted vote totals of Pulse participants.