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New Poll Of Rural Americans: President Trump Did Not Adequately Prepare For Coronavirus Pandemic

Columbus, OH—New nationwide polling  suggests that rural Americans don’t think President Donald Trump adequately prepared for the coronavirus outbreak. The poll, commissioned by, was conducted by Change Research on March 26-29th.

While approval of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak largely falls on partisan lines, the poll of registered voters also documents widespread concerns regarding Trump’s pandemic response that transcends partisan politics and geography.


Among the findings: 

  • Approval of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak largely falls on partisan lines, but concern regarding pandemic transcends partisan politics and geography

  • 76% of non-metro and 80% small-metro respondents said the coronavirus outbreak has had an impact on their daily life

  • 90% of non-metro respondents reported seeing low inventory at stores and online, 65% reported being impacted by school closures, and 41% reported a decrease in the value of their investments

  • A majority of non-metro respondents (52%) don’t believe Donald Trump has adequately prepared for the coronavirus outbreak but they are split (45% distrust v 47% trust) on the reliability of the information coming from the President regarding pandemic

  • 44% of non-metro respondents believe that the federal government has not gone far enough to slow the spread of the outbreak and only 8% believe the federal government has gone too far; in comparison, a majority (59%) of non-metro voters believe local and state governments have taken appropriate measures

  • A clear majority of non-metro respondents (63%) trust the information coming from their state and local governments about the coronavirus

  • A majority of non-metro respondents (54%) don’t believe their local and state leaders are adequately prepared for the coronavirus outbreak

  • 55% of non-metro respondents believe their hospitals and clinics are not adequately prepared for the coronavirus outbreak 

  • Non-Metro voters are split on Trump’s impact on their communities. 44% of non-metro voters agree and 49% disagree with the statement that, “Trump is hurting farmers and rural communities.”

  • Overall, about half of non-metro respondents (48%) disapprove of the job President Trump is doing on healthcare

  • 30% of non-metro respondents reported losing income due to decrease in work hours or less business

  • A quarter of non-metro respondents 24% have already lost their job to coronavirus or fear that they will lose their jobs.

The following is a quote from Matthew Hildreth, Executive Director of

“Our poll found rural voters are concerned about coronavirus - and should be. Over the past few days in rural counties, we’ve seen the deaths from coronavirus increase dramatically.  The rural hospital closure crisis, especially in states that refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, has left small towns and rural communities uniquely vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. Our poll shows the vast majority of rural voters are being impacted by coronavirus and are not confident that their leaders and health care system are ready for it. The past years of neglect mean small town clinics and hospitals will need support now like never before.  ”


1,213 interviews were collected between March 26–29 nationwide. Change Research used its Dynamic Online Sampling to achieve a sample reflective of registered voters. The margin of error as traditionally calculated at a 95% confidence level is 2.8%, and post-stratification was performed on age, gender, race/ethnicity, geography, and vote history.

 The mission of  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.


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