Columbus, OH — Today, RuralOrganizing.org released the findings from a poll of 7,004 rural and exurban voters fielded from June 30 to July 13, 2020 in seven Senate battleground states (Alaska, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana and North Carolina) and the critical presidential swing state of Wisconsin.
Results from the poll show that rural and exurban voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance during the Convid-19 pandemic and don’t trust the information given by the President. Poll results also show that more rural voters in battleground states are concerned about the spread of the virus than social distancing measures hurting the economy.
Summary of key findings:
Three out of four rural and exurban voters in these battleground states have concerns about the coronavirus. A majority of these voters (54%) disapprove of the job that Donald Trump is doing on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Only 39% of rural and exurban voters in these battleground states agree that “Trump has adequately prepared for the U.S. Coronavirus outbreak.” 55% of these voters disagree with the statement, of which 45% say they strongly disagree. However, 59% believe that the “hospitals and clinics” in their community are adequately prepared for the Coronavirus outbreak. 44% of these voters think their “local and state leaders” are adequately prepared.
Regarding Covid-19 stimulus packages, more rural and exurban voters in battleground states agree (47%) that “COVID-19 stimulus packages have done more for rich people and politicians than regular working families” than disagree (40%).
When it comes to community impacts of Covid-19, nearly three-quarters of rural and exurban battleground state voters (72%) are concerned about the virus spreading at schools and universities, two-thirds (68%) of are concerned about the virus spreading at local businesses, 63% are concerned about the Postal Service running out of funding, 63% are concerned about the lack of widespread testing for the Coronavirus, and 60% are concerned about social distancing measures hurting the economy.
Only 38% of rural and exurban battleground voters trust the information given out by Donald Trump while 50% distrust the President’s Covid-19 information. 57% trust public health officials, 45% trust state and local governments, and 32% trust the news media.
The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.Org:
Donald Trump’s failure to adequately respond to the coronavirus pandemic looks to be fundamentally shifting key Senate battleground races across the country.
Our polling shows that rural voters in Senate Battleground states feel that President Trump didn’t adequately prepare for the U.S. Coronavirus outbreak and they don’t trust the Covid-19 information given out by the President. It’s also clear that more rural people think the Covid-19 stimulus packages have done more for rich people and politicians than regular working families.
The Trump administration’s failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be eroding rural support for him and a number of Senators with large rural constituencies including Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA, David Perdue (R-GA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT, and Thom Tillis (R-NC).
This survey is based on 7,004 interviews conducted on the internet by YouGov of registered voters residing and registered to vote in rural ZIP codes in Alaska, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Wisconsin. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race/ethnicity, education, US Census region, and 2016 Presidential vote choice based on the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey Voting and Registration Supplement and the Current Population Survey Voting and Registration Supplement. Respondents were selected from YouGov to be representative of registered voters. State-level weights were computed separately for each state.
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