WHERE TRUMP STALWARTS LIVE
President Trump averaged a 50 percent or higher job approval in 17 states, according to a substantial Gallup Daily Tracking Poll, which measured the responses of 81,000 U.S. adults from Jan. 20 through June 30. The pollster interviewed at least 220 residents in each state during this period, including 500 or more in 39 states. Mr. Trump’s approval ratings ranged from 40 percent to 49 percent in 16 states, but 40 percent and below in 17 states.
So where do the pro-Trump stalwarts live? The state with the most affection for the president is West Virginia, where he garners a 60 percent job approval rating. North Dakota is in second place with 59 percent, followed by South Dakota (57 percent), Montana and Wyoming (both 56 percent), Alabama (55 percent), Oklahoma (54 percent) — followed by Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas and Idaho — each with 53 percent.
Residents in Vermont and Massachusetts gave Mr. Trump his lowest average approval ratings in the nation — both below 30 percent.
“Trump is hardly a conventional politician, but his patterns of support at the state level mostly reflect traditional Republican-Democrat differences. Although 2020 is a long way off, for him to successfully win re-election, historical patterns suggest his overall 40 percent rating would need to rise closer to 50 percent. He would also need to shore up his support in the key Rust Belt states that delivered the Electoral College win to him,” writes Gallup analyst Jeffrey M. Jones.
Inside the Beltway respectfully suggests that it also would be helpful to watch World War II movies which were actually produced in World War II — including “Mrs. Miniver,” “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” and “The Fighting Seabees.” President Ronald Reagan’s training films he made for the U.S. Army are also available on YouTube, incidentally.