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WHAT SURGE?

Trump at 50% Approval in Counties That Fueled His Victory

According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday, President Trump’s approval rating sits at 50 percent in the counties that experienced either a “surge” or a “flip” in fueling his election win. Half of the adults in these so-called “Trump counties” approve of his job performance (with 29 percent strongly approving), while 46 percent disapprove (35 percent doing so strongly). When broken down into “surge” counties (where Trump built big gains upon Romney’s 2012 wins) and “flip” ones (where he turned the county from an Obama 2012 victory), the numbers suggest the president is losing ground in the latter. For those “flip” counties, his approval now only stands at 44 percent; and in “surge” counties, he sits at 56 percent.