This poll may be a month old, but I'm posting it here because I think it's still relevant. Consider the fact that many rural Obama/Trump voters don't seem to be influenced by the day-to-day Trump presidential disaster, even when it affects them personally. The same goes for Republican Scott Walker voters, who are more than willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and all the time in the world to see if his agenda has any chance of working, a luxury they would never allow a Democrat. Check it out.
I blame the GOP's successful campaign to dramatically lower Americans expectations of their country, and what their government should be doing for them. They want to Make America Great Again for free, all the while reducing taxes:
May: A April 21 - 23, 2018 Monmouth College poll cast warning signs for Democrats in Iowa and Wisconsin working to win back rural voters who backed Barack Obama in 2012 but flipped for Donald Trump in 2016 … shows President Trump retaining most Obama crossover voters ... including southwest Wisconsin’s 3rd district.
Strong majorities of voters say they will definitely or probably vote for Trump in 2020 (Iowa: 63 percent; Wisconsin: 61 percent) … extends to Republican candidates for Congress this fall … Obama-Trump voters — 48 percent — in Wisconsin’s 3rd District, which includes Grant and Crawford counties, will do so as well. Support for Democratic ranged from 20 to 25 percent.
The profiles of the Obama-Trump voters; earn less than $50,000 per year, have less than a bachelor’s degree, are women and identify themselves as nonpartisan. The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 5.3 percent in Wisconsin.
IMPACT OF PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL LIFE: Roughly one-half of the Obama-Trump voters in the three congressional districts said their opinions about the president haven’t changed as a result of accusations about his personal life.Dems focused on small-town America: U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has been tasked with tutoring her fellow House Democrats on talking to rural voters whom her party lost to Republicans. “Politically, it is showing up to towns ... no matter how rural it is (and) listening to people,” Bustos said. “We can’t go wrong if we talk about economic issues. People are still struggling and that’s where we have to make sure that we keep our focus on that, and not issues that divide every time we walk into a room.” The number of Democrats holding office across the nation is at its lowest point since the 1920s, and the decline has been especially severe in rural America, according to Bustos.
THE WALL: Strong majorities of Obama-Trump voters support expanding the wall.
TRADE VS. AGRICULTURE: Opinions varied … In Iowa and Wisconsin, more voters chose the agricultural economy than manufacturing as the top trade priority.
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