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65% Of American Rural Voters View Democratic Party Negatively

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A new Morning Consult poll reported that 65% of American rural voters hold unfavorable views about the Democratic Party. In contrast, only 29% of rural voters view the party favorably. This latest survey involved 1,525 self-identified rural voters interviewed between January 14 to 16. There is a one percent margin or error.

Additionally, of the 65% of rural voters who view the Democratic Party unfavorably, 48% say they view the “very unfavorably”. Consequently, only 23% of rural voters think the Democratic Party cares more about their community compared to Republicans. These results come in at a time when Democrats are struggling to maintain their slim majorities in Congress. Many analysts are expecting an uphill battle for Democrats in the coming midterm elections this May. 

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65% View The Democratic Party Unfavorably, with 48% Saying they View The Party “Very Unfavorably”

In total, the findings show that candidate positions on cultural matters help rural voters perceive Democrats. In a total of 21 cultural issues, rural voters preferred candidates who support securing the US-Mexico border. They also prefer those who support Christian values, support for the police, and increased military spending. These four reasons are the major none that sway rural voters toward the Republican party. 

However, there are other issues that Democrats hold positively that actually turn away rural voters. These issues are stricter gun control, LGBTQ+ issues, and the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Rural Voters Think Republican Party Can Govern Better

The survey also asked voters which party they think can govern better. They also asked which party supports businesses, and which one is more willing to compromise. On all three fronts, rural voters favored the Republican Party over its counterpart. However, the same voters admitted that the Democratic Party was a bigger supporter of immigrants entering the country versus Republicans.

One finding also showed that rural voters are less likely than the average American to live in a diverse community. Only three in ten rural voters say that immigrants live in their area. In contrast, the national average is 45%. Consequently, only 51% of rural voters hold favorable views of immigrants. For comparison, the national average is 60%. 

The Biggest Challenge of Democrats

Brooklynne Roulette Mosley is a Democratic strategist working in Texas, New Jersey, and Kansas. She said that the Democrats’ biggest challenge in rural areas is aware of their existence there. She admits to the presence of a “wall” between Democrats and rural voters. 

The numbers support her assertion. Only 65% of rural voters say they live around a Democrat. In contrast, 75% of urban and suburban voters say the same thing. In addition, rural independents and Republicans are less likely to identify Democrats as their neighbors. 

Mosley said that oftentimes, the wall is “just not wanting to be different in the community”. 

Communities are often very small and everyone knows everybody else. During interactions, people say a lot of things about Democrats that are not true. However, without a Democrat around, nobody can dispute or challenge the assertions.“If you don’t interact with someone you know who’s a Democrat, we just seem like the bogeyman,” Mosley noted.

Watch the UChicago’s Institute of Politics’ video reporting on the Democrats’ rural problem

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  • BBA says:

    I was raised in the country and lived here most of my life. I have also lived in major cities and can say I hated every f’n minute of it. I’m just not wired to live on top of your neighbor and never even know their names. I’ll take the smell of the farms, slow Sunday drivers, piece & quiet and low crime rates over the large cities that are just major shitholes imo!

  • Tina Roberts says:

    When you have people making the laws, making the rules about how we have to live our lives and they think that you can take the subway to work in Cheyenne Wyoming or Omaha Nebraska it’s clear that they are seriously ignorant. When they had the chance to lead us through a pandemic their remedies were the most damaging actions possible. Their ideas about climate change would lead to the common folk living like cavemen. And somehow all the strict laws, rules and regulations are for the little people but the elites are exempt from the laws? They expect us to do the work, grow the food, prepare it and transport it to them while they let in millions of invading criminal and expect us to cough up our taxes to provide for those criminals’ food, housing, education, clothing, medical needs and such? Then they want to give those invading criminals the right to vote so they can choose our leaders?
    Those people who think like that should be in a different institution than congress.

  • rottenrollin says:

    So are the other 35% demented or what?

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