As farmers figure out how to absorb the shocks of global trade disputes, they're not taking out their frustration on President Donald Trump. Since May, Trump's approval rating among rural voters has remained intact or improved, according to Morning Consult polling data exclusive to CNBC.
[Kayla Tausche | August 8, 2018 | CNBC]
The plight of the American farmer has been well-documented as the White House pursues aggressive trade policies. Certain export markets in Canada, Mexico, Europe and China have dried up or become more expensive due to retaliation to Trump's aggressive moves. Prices for crops like soybeans have dropped, threatening profits as harvest approaches. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to send $12 billion to soften the blow.
But voters in states feeling the squeeze of the trade war still think highly of Trump. Brent Bible, managing partner of Indiana's Stillwater Farms, said farmers in his community have compartmentalized a fear for their business versus their overall support for the platform carried out by Trump.