Romney Rules Rural as Obama’s Support Wanes : NPR
Rural america hasn’t yet figured out that they are a large portion of Mitt’s 47 percent.
The nation’s smallest and most remote places are providing Mitt Romney’s biggest margins in battleground states as the 2012 presidential race enters its final weeks.
In fact, rural counties are keeping Romney competitive in the states that are now up for grabs. That’s what a new bipartisan survey indicates. The poll also finds that President Obama’s rural support has plunged since 2008.
The telephone survey of 600 likely voters in rural counties in nine battleground states was conducted September 15-18. A bipartisan polling team produced the survey for the Center for Rural Strategies, a Kentucky-based group trying to attract attention to rural issues.
The rural voters polled favored Romney by 14 points, giving him 54 percent. They said Romney would do a better job with the economy (54 percent), with rural issues (47 percent) and with sharing their values (52 percent). More than half are comfortable with Romney as commander-in-chief and with keeping the nation safe and secure.
President Obama garnered 40 percent, a seven point dive from rural battleground voting four years ago.
“Rural areas in this country are very tough for President Obama,” says Anna Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a polling firm for Democrats. Greenberg conducted the bipartisan poll and provided analysis.
“Obama’s lead is opening up primarily in urban and suburban areas,” Greenberg says. “It’s all the more reason that Mitt Romney needs rural America because it’s the only place where he’s really strong.”