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Trump Sustains Support in Counties That Backed Him - 50% Approval

from The Wall Street Journal,

President’s approval rating in counties he won stands at 50%.

President Donald Trump’s political base is sticking with him, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, despite no major legislative victories in Congress after six months in office and an expanding federal probe into potential connections between his campaign and Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. In counties Mr. Trump won during the presidential election, 50% of adults approve of his job performance while 46% disapprove, the poll of 600 adults taken July 8-12 showed. In a nationwide Journal/NBC survey taken last month, the president had a 40% approval rating, while 55% disapproved. The new poll showed a significant split between the counties Mr. Trump easily won, and those that backed the Republican candidate after voting for President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in 2012. That divide showed that while Mr. Trump’s strongest supporters remain solidly behind him, he is weaker in swing counties. In counties where Mr. Trump’s election-day support was at least 20 percentage points higher than what Republican Mitt Romney drew in his 2012 White House bid, the president’s approval rating is now 56%, 16 percentage points higher than his disapproval rating. In counties that voted for Mr. Obama in 2012 but supported Mr. Trump in the 2016 election, the president’s approval is 44%, 7 percentage points lower than his disapproval. In nationwide polls, voters have soured on Mr. Trump, saying they have negative views of his temperament, trustworthiness and level of knowledge needed for the job. Asked last month about the source of his problems, half of adults said Mr. Trump doesn’t have the competence and experience needed to change Washington. One of the biggest differences between all Americans and those in pro-Trump counties is among younger voters. In counties that backed Mr. Trump, 42% of voters ages 18-34 approve of Mr. Trump’s job performance while 52% disapprove. That gap of 10 percentage points compares to a 44-point gap among the same group nationwide. In the same age bracket across the country, just 26% of young voters approve of Mr. Trump, while 70% disapprove.

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