Trump Country: One year later

November 14, 2017 07:15 AM

One year after Donald Trump was elected President are his supporters still backing him? We went to Orleans County to find out. That's about seven out of ten voters casted ballots for President Trump.

One year later, most people we spoke to in the Village of Holley said they are satisfied with his performance and the country is better off today than it was before Mr. Trump became president. Sixty-six percent of Orleans County voters casted their ballots for President Trump in the 2016 Presidential election, Mary Fudge is one of them.

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"He's doing what he said he'd do,” Fudge said. “He said he'd try to repeal health care, and he tried to do that but got blocked."

Fudge is a fan of his tough on crime attitude,  but  Joyce Letts didn't vote for Mr. Trump and has a suggestion for the rest of his term.

"A little more on his diplomacy, and his attitudes towards people,” Letts said.

Letts says he should lay off the tweets, but Roy Kenyon says he admires 45’s outspoken demeanor.

"I think we were due for a change and I honestly believe in my heart he's trying to do a good job,” Kenyon says. “I'd absolutely vote for him again.

Kenyon knows for sure, but Carol Melville, who voted for the president, is now on the fence.

“I like some of the decisions he's made and some I don't care for,” Melville said.

Melville isn't a fan of some of his policies, but Thomas Ianello says he loves them all.

"I like what he's doing we need a businessman to run the United States,” Ianello said. “I think he's doing a good job.”

Sharon Apthorp says she voted for President Trump but wouldn't do it again because programs she needs as a retiree, are now on the chopping block.

“I'm worried about social security and lots of other things,” Apthorp said. “They're talking about giving breaks to people who already have the money and retired people are getting cut out.”

Orleans county, it appears, is still very much "Trump Country.” However that’s not the case for other rural counties in the United States. A recent NBC News-Wall Street Journal Poll found just 32% of people in rural counties in swing states believe the country is better off now than it was before Mr. Trump became president.


Kaci Jones

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