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Poll: 50 Percent Approval for Trump in Counties That Helped Elect Him President

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that President Donald Trump’s approval rating stands at 50 percent in counties in the states where voters helped send him to the White House.

Trump’s approval rating has risen 10 percent since the same poll was conducted last month—from 40 to 50 percent, NBC reported.

Trump’s approval rating is even higher in what the poll calls “surge counties” where it stands at 56 percent.

“For example: Carbon, Pa., where Trump won 65 percent to 31 percent, versus Romney’s 53-45 percent margin—56 percent of residents approve of the president’s job performance,” NBC reports. “Trump beat Hillary Clinton in these ‘surge’ areas nationwide by a combined 65 percent-to-29 percent margin in 2016.”

The 50 percent approval rating comes from adults in “Trump Counties,” “consisting of Republicans, Democrats and independents” who approve of the president’s job performance, NBC reported.

“The poll’s sample was taken from 439 counties in 16 states—Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin—that either flipped from Barack Obama to Trump, or where Trump greatly outpaced Mitt Romney’s performance in 2012,” according to NBC.

The poll was conducted between July 8 and July 12 of 600 adults in specific counties, with an overall margin of error of plus-minus 4.0 percent.

NBC said more data from the poll will be released later in the week.

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