Outside the Morgan County fair in Mc Connelsville, in a rural swath of Ohio that fervently backed U. President Donald Trump in last year's election, ticket seller John Wilson quietly counts off a handful of disappointments with the man he helped elect.The 70-year-old retired banker said he is unhappy with infighting and turnover in the White House.
The poll found that Trump has lost support in rural areas among men, whites and people who never went to college.He lost support with rural Republicans and rural voters who supported him on Election Day.And while Trump still gets relatively high marks in the poll for his handling of the economy and national security, rural Americans are increasingly unhappy with Trump's record on immigration, a central part of his presidential campaign.Forty-seven percent of rural Americans said in September they approved of the president's handling of immigration, down from 56 percent during his first month in office.Poll respondents who were interviewed by Reuters gave different reasons for their dissatisfaction with the president on immigration.A few said they are tired of waiting for Trump to make good on his promise to build a wall along America's southern border, while others said they were uncomfortable with his administration's efforts to restrict travel into the United States.'There should be some sort of compromise between a free flow of people over the border and something that's more controlled,' said Drew Carlson, 19, of Warrensburg, Missouri, who took the poll.But Trump's 'constant fixation on deportation is a little bit unsettling to me.'The Trump administration would not comment about the Reuters/Ipsos poll.To be sure, Trump is still much more popular in rural America than he is elsewhere.Since he took office, 'I like him less, but I support him more,' said Robert Cody, 87, a retired chemical engineer from Bartlesville, Oklahoma who took the poll.Cody said that Trump may rankle some people with the way he talks and tweets, but it is a small price to pay for a president who will fight to strip away government regulations and strengthen the border.When Trump called the election a 'last shot' for the struggling coal industry and when he called for protecting the nation´s southern border with a 'big, fat, beautiful wall', he was speaking directly to rural America, said David Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University.'Feelings of resentment and deprivation have pervaded a lot of these places,' Swenson said.