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Trump's approval rating is 59 percent in ND, second-highest in country

Then-candidate Donald Trump speaks during the 2016 presidential campaign at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, N.D. File photo / Forum News Service

BISMARCK—President Donald Trump's approval rating is 59 percent in North Dakota, according to a poll released Monday, July 24.

The Gallup poll shows the Republican president's approval rating in North Dakota is second only to West Virginia, where it sits at 60 percent. In South Dakota, it's 57 percent, good for third-highest.

Those figures are well above Trump's nationwide polling numbers during his controversial early days in office. Gallup said he has averaged a 40 percent job approval rating since his inauguration in January, which is in line with the 39 percent of Minnesotans who approve of the job Trump is doing.

North Dakota is one of 17 states where Trump's approval ratings are at 50 percent or higher. Republicans hold a supermajority in the Legislature and all but one statewide office in North Dakota.

Poll results were based on telephone interviews conducted between Jan. 20 and June 30, with 254 North Dakota adults participating.

State Republican Party Chairman Kelly Armstrong, a state senator from Dickinson, said the rollback of federal regulations is keeping Trump popular in the oil, coal and agriculture industries. But failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a major piece of the president's agenda, would harm Republicans, he said.

Armstrong said he was among a group of state Republican Party chairmen who met with Trump at the White House earlier this month, where he relayed that health care reform, infrastructure and taxes were the most pressing policy issues.

"Those are the things we campaigned on," he said. "You've got to be able to deliver some of those things."

Kylie Oversen, chairwoman of the Democratic-NPL Party, said she wasn't necessarily surprised by the results, given that Trump is only months removed from winning North Dakota with almost 63 percent of the vote.

"My assumption would be that the survey respondents who are still in favor of President Trump probably still feel the same way they did around the election, that there are certain issues that he has proposed that they care about," she said.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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