You can ignore President Donald Trump's reported record low approval ratings as politically biased media malfeasance, "because in American politics, geography is everything," Salena Zito wrote in a N.Y. Post editorial Sunday.
"Live in an urban, minority or college setting, and Donald J. Trump is underwater in the polls in a big way; he gets a frosty 29 percent approval rating in the cities, 35 percent approval in the urban suburbs, in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal survey," Zito wrote.
"But, live in the second ring of suburbs outside the cities, or the exurbs or the third and fourth rings that comprise rural America, and the president gets a 53 percent to 59 percent job approval rating in the same poll.
"For the most part, the people who live in those regions are pretty much happy with him."
The media, establishment, and pundits on both sides of politics have been puzzled by this, but it is not going to be changed by them, she wrote.
"And, in all likelihood, that effervescent support will continue for a very long time," she added. "Why? Because the people who live in those outer rings of cities aren't just separated by geography; they're separated by culture, traditions, and aspirations that differ from those of their city cousins.
"They also are so tired of being ridiculed by the political class over the notion they’re digging in for Trump, more so than they normally would."
The failure to listen to the electorate in the heartland of America determined the past election and might remain what will decided the future ones, too, she wrote.
"Despite all of the damage Trump is suffering in Washington — some of it self-inflicted — these voters have yet to give up on him," she concluded. "Given all his troubles of the past 60 days, pundits may shake their heads at this notion. They only see Trump collapsing.
"But they need to take a drive out of their own regions and listen to what other kinds of voters are saying. So far, their support for Trump has not changed since Election Day — and that could bode poorly for Democrats next year."
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