A plurality of Americans who live in counties that helped President Trump win the 2016 election say that the country is worse off since he’s taken office, according to a new poll.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 41% of Americans who live in “Trump counties” said the United States was worse off since Trump became president. Comparably, 32% said the country was better off than before, while another 26% said the country was about the same.
The poll surveyed residents from 438 counties that either flipped to Republican in 2016 or saw a surge for Trump. The counties are in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. According to NBC, these counties are made up of people who are whiter, more rural, less educated and older compared to the rest of the country.
Additionally, the poll found that these Americans were nearly split on their approval of Trump, with 48% giving him a positive rating and 50% giving him a negative rating. That’s still a higher approval rating than he’s gotten with several other national polls.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the people in these counties still showed a disdain for Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, with 23% saying they had a favorable view of her, vs. 54% who viewed her negatively.
But that wasn’t necessarily about party lines, though. The survey found that people in these counties still viewed former president Barack Obama favorably (48% vs. 37%), as well as 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (42% vs. 31%).
The poll surveyed 800 people from Nov. 1-4 and has an error margin of 3.46%.