In next week’s election, a lot of so called swing states have a significant rural vote.
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin and several other states with large rural populations are still up for grabs. One mistake pollsters often make is confusing the rural vote with the farm vote.
Alan Bjerga (Bee-yer.zhu), an ag reporter for Bloomberg News says the farm vote tends to be influenced by economic or business issues, while the non-farm rural vote is more influenced by social and employment issues.
And those differences center around issues like trade agreements, immigration policy, and the regulatory environment.
Those issues, among others, makes a decision this election a little less clear cut than usual.
But whatever you’re your preference, be sure to vote next Tuesday, and make sure you research all those down ballot races as well.