Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Trump has twice as many rural backers as Clinton

If rural votes were the only ones that counted in the November election Republican Donald Trump would win the presidency by a landslide. But Democrat Hillary Clinton leads 46 to 43 percent in the latest poll by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, which found a bigger rural-urban divide than usual.

Trump leads Clinton in rural areas, 60 percent to 29 percent, says today's "First Read" by Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann of NBC. Clinton makes up ground in urban areas, where she leads Trump 58 percent to 33 percent, they write: "The advantage here for Clinton and Democrats: There are a lot more votes in Urban America than Rural America." (Click on table for larger image)
Trump is outperforming Mitt Romney's 2012 performance in rural areas, while Clinton is doing worse than President Obama did in rural areas in 2012, NBC reports. Clinton is under-performing in college towns and Trump is under-performing in counties NBC labels "Faith Driven America" and "Urban America," especially places with a significant Latino population, where he is often met with protests and unrest. (Read more)

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