Farm Journal’s survey found that only 52% of farmer voters find Trump favorable. Another 5% have no opinion and the remaining 43% find him unfavorable. ( Wikimedia )

Almost 70% of farmers voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, yet the latest Farm Journal Research survey shows only 56% would vote for him again and 41% view him unfavorably, while 35%—whether judging him favorable or unfavorable overall—view him “less favorably” than they did before the trade wars. That’s because the trade wars strike the balance sheets of farmers who are already fighting through the fourth year of tough times—with no relief on the horizon.

This research, which captured sentiments of 2,300 farmers, shines a bright light on facts that contradict mainstream reports that “farmers remain with Trump for now” as recently proclaimed by Bloomberg. That said, Farm Journal’s survey found that only 52% of farmer voters find Trump favorable. Another 5% have no opinion and the remaining 43% find him unfavorable. Similarly, 54% of the farmers surveyed would vote to re-elect him. All presidents take heat for their actions, although not since Jimmy Carter has a president challenged trade and eroded support with the same magnitude.

Here’s a shocker: Young farmers are much more bullish on Trump than older farmers: 61% of farmers under 45 years old favor Trump versus only 40% of farmers 65+ years old. At the same time, 45% of farmers 65+ years old are even less favorable toward Trump since the trade wars started, compared to only 31% of young farmers less favorable. 

The survey, conducted the week of Aug. 6, found only 43% of all farmers 65+ would vote for Trump in the next election, while 64% of farmers under 45 years old would still vote for Trump. 

The comments submitted with the research were particularly interesting. Here’s a sample: 

“Someone has to take on the leeches of the world,” one farmer respondent said. “Too bad farmers are the pawns on the chess board!”

Another said, “A country cannot have a negative trade balance forever.”

Related specifically to tariffs, one farmer said, “He is destroying markets for ag products that took decades to build and which we may never get back.”

Many respondents made comments along the lines of, “He is doing what he said he would do.”

Still others aren’t convinced. 

“He has lost the confidence of the American farmer—no matter what party you are with,” one farmer said. 

Another said, “Best president in modern history.”

As you can imagine, feelings are strong coming from both sides. 

 

Have your feelings about Trump changed? If so, let us know. Comment below, or send me an email at alaca@farmjournal.com

 
Comments
Submitted by audiomind on Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:35

Another useless infotainment poll? Move along.

Submitted by Viktor Slvotsny on Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:42

Трамп делает то, что мы ему говорим.

Submitted by Steve on Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:45

It's time to fix the trade inbalance
And let's be honest we as a country have been subsidizing the grain farmers for years. So in the end they will be making out much better

Submitted by mike on Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:13

I feel for the farmers as they have been unfairly targeted by our so called trading partners to create unrest with our president's supporters in the farm belt. It is especially disheartening since USA's ag exports is an area, for the most part, that we enjoy a positive balance of trade. As much as it hurts, it is not the president to blame, but the foreign counties that have taken advantage of our country for all these years.

Submitted by mike on Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:19

I hope it can be worked out soon as our farmers are literally capable of feeding the world.

Submitted by Dick Chase on Tue, 08/14/2018 - 18:14

The Democrats have been slowly destroying rural America. Trump is doing it at warp speed.

Submitted by Steven Karpinski on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:56

Typical Liberal Comment
If u liked the way this country was going before Trump
U need to move to another country
Preferably a Socialist country so u can see how good you have it

Go Nancy P !!!!!

In reply to by Dick Chase (not verified)

Submitted by Keith on Wed, 08/29/2018 - 11:50

It's sad to think that so many people would vote again for this raving mad lunatic they believe is going to save them. Overall, there was no or very little trade imbalance when all factors are appropriately weighted. Trump was lying or spinning it, and the gullible believed it without question.

Submitted by Eric on Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:59

As with nearly all polls, they serve only two purposes: 1) Influence and 2) Affect public opinion. The only polls that matter are the party polls that are taken; only they truly reflect public opinion. Also, this far out, any kind of poll is pretty much worthless and useless.

So far, Trump has accomplished over 64% of his campaign promises, and he full-well intends to help the American Farmer as well. NAFTA never was good for the American Farmer, just the big corporations that are easily attracted to bright, shiny features such as cheap labor, and few taxes.

They have since discovered that the labor was cheap because it is lackadaisical and unreliable, the infrastructure (roads, electricity, sanitation, etc) pretty much nonexistent, and that they end up owning nothing except for the name of their company. The taxes may be minimal, but the graft and corruption, i.e., bribes, are exhorbitant. Because non-Mexicans are forbidden from owning property, the factory they spent stockholder money building, and the equipment installed to produce product is owned by the Mexican government and they'll have to walk away from everything, except for the pencils and staplers, maybe. Oh, and the drug cartels hit them up for protection money and such.

NAFTA was never, and never intended, as a free-trade agreement; it was and is a one-sided trade agreement. For all the idiots, fools, dolts, experts and other such naysayers, as of 8-28-2018, Trump has made a new deal, it's fair, it's good for America, and American farmers. Canada, if their brains aren't so frozen stupid, will agree to theirs as well.

It's been said that Trump is "mad" or "stupid". Well, this "mad, stupid" President has accomplished more sane, smart, and intelligent things benefitting the American People than any other President. They naysayers are the one's truly in a river in Egypt, convinced that they are not drowning.

For over 20 years, the American Farmer has had a foot shoved up where they sit, and have been told that it's comfortable and good. They are afraid of the change of it being removed, but will find it much better than before, except for those stupid cows who will run back into a burning barn to their inevitable deaths.