The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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