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Rural Voters ‘Tired and Frustrated’ With Trump But Sticking With Him

  • 54% of rural residents approve of Trump in May Gallup poll
  • Farmers ‘tired and frustrated’ as tariffs crimp export sales

Photographer: Michael Mathes/AFP via Getty Images

Rural Americans are showing no signs they’re ready to abandon President Donald Trump even as dissatisfaction grows among farmers over his trade policies.

“We’re tired and frustrated,” said Scott Henry, 29, a fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer in Nevada, Iowa, who voted for Trump in 2016. The trade fights Trump has provoked with China, the biggest buyer of U.S. soybeans, and more recently a threat to Mexico, the largest export market for corn, have “been hard to watch.”