Farmer Support For Trump Climbs As Impeachment Vote Nears

Source: By AgWeb • Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Job performance approval for President Donald Trump has climbed to an all-time high in the Farm Journal Pulse Poll as a House vote on impeachment nears. Of the 1,225 farmers and ranchers who responded, 82% either strongly approve or somewhat approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president. That is up from 78% in the previous month.

Only 17% of respondents disapprove of the president’s job performance in the December Pulse Poll.

The poll was conducted Friday, December 13, through Monday, December 16, just days before a planned vote in the House on articles of impeachment.

“The numbers show no wavering at least among the fervent Trump supporters in farm country, most likely those who voted for him in 2016,” says Pro Farmer policy analyst, Jim Wiesemeyer. “The increase is somewhat surprising because of the growing anxiety in corn country about the upcoming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) announcement from EPA as to whether or not the president will live up to his commitment to corn growers of at least a 15-billion-gallon corn ethanol mandate for 2020, after factoring in some reallocation of prior wavers.

“If that announcement holds, then the numbers could go even higher—especially with the more upbeat trade policy news regarding USMCA and China, the coming implementation of the U.S./Japan trade agreement, and congressional action to retroactively extend the lapsed biodiesel tax incentive through 2022,” Wiesemeyer adds.