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States with the highest and lowest Trump approval ratings

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States with the highest and lowest Trump approval ratings

In a political climate that’s often simplified into blue states versus red states, presidential approval ratings aren’t always as clear-cut. According to new polling data from Gallup, only a handful of states are evenly split when it comes to President Trump, with the rest either mostly approving or disapproving of him. Some, like California, which has sued the President more than three dozen times since taking office, are easy to suss out. Others, such as Utah—which is both heavily conservative and largely Mormon—have more mixed results. On a national scale, however, Trump seems to be struggling: his national approval rating is a mere 38%, with 56% of U.S. voters saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing.

Using data from Gallup, Stacker examined how each state in the union feels about President Trump. States are ranked by approval rating, from low to high, noting the percentage of voters in each state who tend to lean Democrat and Republican. In states where the approval rating is tied, we’ve ranked them by disapproval rating from high to low. How divided is your state? Read on to find out.

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#50. Vermont

Trump approval rating: 26%

Trump disapproval rating: 69%

Lean Republican: 30%

Lean Democrat: 52%

Bernie Sanders’ home state remains loyal to their man—or at least, to his politics. Only 26% of Vermont voters approve of Trump; a whopping 69% disapprove. Those numbers more or less match up with the state’s voter breakdown: 30% identify as Republicans, while 52% consider themselves Democrats.

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#49. Massachusetts

Trump approval rating: 27%

Trump disapproval rating: 68%

Lean Republican: 26%

Lean Democrat: 57%

The consistently blue state is almost on par with its neighbor to the north—only 27% of Massachusetts voters approve of Trump, in a state where 26% of people tend to vote Republican. Conversely, 68% of the state disapproves of the president, a significant increase from its 57% of liberal-leaning voters.

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#48. California

Trump approval rating: 29%

Trump disapproval rating: 65%

Lean Republican: 30%

Lean Democrat: 51%

Californians have filed nearly three dozen lawsuits against the federal government since Trump took office, so it's little surprise that they aren’t his biggest fans. Only 30% of California voters tend to lean Republican.

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#47. Hawaii

Trump approval rating: 29%

Trump disapproval rating: 60%

Lean Republican: 28%

Lean Democrat: 50%

Only 29% of the residents of Hawaii, the first state to take Trump all the way to the Supreme Court, approve of the job the president is doing, while 60% actively disapprove.

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#46. Maryland

Trump approval rating: 30%

Trump disapproval rating: 65%

Lean Republican: 28%

Lean Democrat: 56%

Though a large number of Maryland residents live close to the nation’s capital, they don’t seem fond of their most famous neighbor. Trump’s 30% approval rating does reflect a slight uptick from 28% of Republican-leaning voters, but another 65% say they disapprove. Perhaps the state’s ongoing lawsuit against Trump has something to do with it.

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#45. New York

Trump approval rating: 30%

Trump disapproval rating: 63%

Lean Republican: 29%

Lean Democrat: 52%

Trump’s home state doesn’t seem too proud of its native son. He carries a 63% disapproval rating, notably higher than the 52% of voters who lean Democratic. 30% of New York still approves of him, which closely matches the 29% who tend to vote Republican.

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#44. Connecticut

Trump approval rating: 31%

Trump disapproval rating: 63%

Lean Republican: 32%

Lean Democrat: 51%

Trump isn’t winning over many fans in Connecticut, where only 51% of voters lean blue. His disapproval rating in the Constitution State is a whopping 63%. He does seem to be holding on the state’s Republican minority though: his 31% approval rating closely matches Connecticut’s 32% right-leaning voters.

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#43. Rhode Island

Trump approval rating: 32%

Trump disapproval rating: 62%

Lean Republican: 27%

Lean Democrat: 48%

In the state that unsuccessfully tried to keep Trump off the 2020 ballot until he releases his tax returns, the president holds a 32% approval rating—slightly higher than the 27% of Republican-leaning voters. Another 62% say they disapprove: a significant lead over the only 48% of Rhode Islanders who say they tend to vote Democrat.

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#42. Illinois

Trump approval rating: 33%

Trump disapproval rating: 62%

Lean Republican: 33%

Lean Democrat: 50%

Obama’s former constituency remains loyal: 62% of Illinoisans disapprove of his successor, even though only half of the state leans left. Another 33% approve, matching the percentage of residents who tend to vote Republican.

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#41. New Jersey

Trump approval rating: 34%

Trump disapproval rating: 61%

Lean Republican: 33%

Lean Democrat: 48%

Though it’s home to one of his many resorts, New Jersey’s residents don’t all pledge allegiance to the president. He carries a 34% approval rating and a whopping 61% disapproval rating in a state where only 48% of voters lean Democrat. That may have something to do with his troubled relationship with Atlantic City.

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#40. Washington

Trump approval rating: 34%

Trump disapproval rating: 60%

Lean Republican: 34%

Lean Democrat: 49%

Trump’s ongoing battle with the Evergreen State over a coal plant plan may be having an effect on his popularity: Only 34% of Washington voters approve of Trump, while another 60% say they disapprove. That’s a notable increase over the 49% of voters who tend to lean left, and matching the 34% who say they lean right.

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#39. New Mexico

Trump approval rating: 35%

Trump disapproval rating: 59%

Lean Republican: 34%

Lean Democrat: 48%

For being at the forefront of Trump’s border wall fight, New Mexico seems pretty unhappy with the president overall. 35% of its voters approve of him, while 59% disapprove.

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#38. Oregon

Trump approval rating: 36%

Trump disapproval rating: 59%

Lean Republican: 36%

Lean Democrat: 49%

As the Trump administration is in the midst of duking it out with school-aged environmental activists in an Oregon courtroom, the state’s voters are accordingly unconvinced of the president's performance. Though 49% of the state tends to vote blue, 59% disapproves of the President. He seems to have kept ahold of the Republicans, however: 36 of voters both lean right and approve of him.

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#37. Delaware

Trump approval rating: 36%

Trump disapproval rating: 58%

Lean Republican: 33%

Lean Democrat: 45%

The First State is not a huge fan of the nation’s leader—although compared to other states with approvals that fall along party lines, more people approve of the president than those who normally vote Republican.

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#36. Colorado

Trump approval rating: 37%

Trump disapproval rating: 59%

Lean Republican: 37%

Lean Democrat: 46%

Colorado may be a purple state—46% of voters lean blue and 37% lean red—but residents knows where they stand when it comes to Trump. 59% of voters disapprove of the president, which means Governor John Hickenlooper’s much-speculated potential presidential run could gain some traction, especially if he wins over the 37% of voters who are still fans of the President.

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#35. Minnesota

Trump approval rating: 37%

Trump disapproval rating: 58%

Lean Republican: 37%

Lean Democrat: 47%

The Land of 10,000 Lakes has become a surprising battleground in the national divide over Trump: the president traveled there twice in 2018 to help campaign for Republican candidates. But his influence could be stronger, since his disapproval rating among Minnesotan voters is 58%.

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#34. Virginia

Trump approval rating: 37%

Trump disapproval rating: 57%

Lean Republican: 38%

Lean Democrat: 45%

The home of Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine isn’t big on her opponent: in a state where 45% of voters lean Democrat, 57% disapprove of Trump. But considering that many Virginia residents live just outside DC, few seem to be fans of their neighbor in the White House: only 37% of voters approve of Trump (1% less than the state’s Republican-leaning populace).

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#33. Texas

Trump approval rating: 39%

Trump disapproval rating: 54%

Lean Republican: 41%

Lean Democrat: 38%

Trump seems to be struggling in the Lone Star state, even though only 38% of its voters lean Democrat. He carries a 54% disapproval rating, and those that do approve—39%—are a smaller group than the state’s 41% of right-leaning voters.

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#32. Michigan

Trump approval rating: 40%

Trump disapproval rating: 55%

Lean Republican: 38%

Lean Democrat: 45%

Michigan was one of Trump’s key wins in 2016, but it’s divided over the job he’s doing. 40% of voters approve, while another 55% disapprove—a smaller rift than those in other states. But the state’s population of 45% left-leaning voters and 38% Republicans signal that winning Michigan could be a struggle for conservatives in the years to come.

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#31. North Carolina

Trump approval rating: 40%

Trump disapproval rating: 54%

Lean Republican: 39%

Lean Democrat: 44%

Trump faces less of a battle in North Carolina, where only 44% of the state leans Democrat and 40% approves of the job he’s doing. But his response to recent hurricane damage—where he was reported to make light of the situation—may affect his popularity with the state’s 39% Republican-leaning voters.

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#30. Wisconsin

Trump approval rating: 41%

Trump disapproval rating: 55%

Lean Republican: 41%

Lean Democrat: 43%

Trump is struggling to retain favor among the Badger State’s 41% right-leaning voters: his disapproval rating is a surprising 55%. His trade war hasn’t helped, with many Wisconsin farmers feeling its negative effects.

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#29. Arizona

Trump approval rating: 41%

Trump disapproval rating: 53%

Lean Republican: 42%

Lean Democrat: 40%

Arizona has become increasingly important to the president, especially after Republican Senator Jeff Flake became one of his outspoken GOP critics. Trump gained favor among the state’s Republican-leaning voters after pardoning controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio, though his disapproval rating, at 53%, remains significantly higher than the 40% of Arizonans who lean Democrat.

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#28. Georgia

Trump approval rating: 41%

Trump disapproval rating: 53%

Lean Republican: 40%

Lean Democrat: 42%

Though Trump handily won Georgia in 2016, his disapproval rating remains 53%—a significant bump over the 42% of the state’s residents who typically vote Democrat. The state has been a battleground over the issue of voter suppression, which doesn’t appear to be a concern of the 41% of Georgians who approve of him.

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#27. Florida

Trump approval rating: 41%

Trump disapproval rating: 53%

Lean Republican: 39%

Lean Democrat: 42%

Home to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s famous home-away-from-home, Florida has become a favorite visiting place for the president. 41% of the voters there approve of him, slightly above the percentage of the state that leans Republican, but his disapproval rating remains high at 53%.

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#26. New Hampshire

Trump approval rating: 42%

Trump disapproval rating: 56%

Lean Republican: 40%

Lean Democrat: 43%

Though he lost New Hampshire by a scant 0.3 percentage points, Trump’s popularity in the Granite State is low, with a disapproval rating of 56%. Considering that only 40% of voters there lean Republican and his approval rating is 42%, he may be gaining ground heading into 2020.

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#25. Maine

Trump approval rating: 42%

Trump disapproval rating: 55%

Lean Republican: 39%

Lean Democrat: 47%

Hillary Clinton won Maine in 2016, and the state still leans blue: 47% tend to vote Democratic, and 55% disapprove of Trump. But the president still holds on to a 42% approval rating, which means at least some non-Republicans are on board.

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#24. Pennsylvania

Trump approval rating: 42%

Trump disapproval rating: 53%

Lean Republican: 41%

Lean Democrat: 46%

Pennsylvania was one of Trump’s most surprising wins in 2016, and his approval rate is slightly higher than just the 41% that align with the GOP. 46% of the state’s voters lean Democrat, however, and 53% of Pennsylvanians disapprove of the president—meaning the state remains a key election battleground.

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#23. Nevada

Trump approval rating: 42%

Trump disapproval rating: 53%

Lean Republican: 39%

Lean Democrat: 42%

Nevada has become a favorite rally destination for Trump, a close-race state where the majority of its 42% left-leaning voters live in the more populated areas of Reno and Las Vegas. Still, he has a 53% disapproval rating, meaning he’ll have to continue his visits if he wants to gain ground among the 39% of Republican-leaning voters.

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#22. Iowa

Trump approval rating: 43%

Trump disapproval rating: 52%

Lean Republican: 42%

Lean Democrat: 42%

Iowa is evenly divided: 42% of voters lean Democrat, and the same number applies to Republicans—but Trump won the state in a landslide. Regardless, he still holds a 52% disapproval rating among Iowans, suggesting he may have fallen out of favor with some voters since taking office.

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#21. Indiana

Trump approval rating: 44%

Trump disapproval rating: 51%

Lean Republican: 43%

Lean Democrat: 41%

As the home state of his running mate, Mike Pence, Indiana was an easy win for Trump in 2016. He continues to remain popular slightly outside party lines, with a 44% approval rating and 43% of voters leaning Republican. But when it comes to public opinion of the President, the Hoosier State still remains fairly divided: more than half of its residents disapprove of his leadership.

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#20. Ohio

Trump approval rating: 45%

Trump disapproval rating: 50%

Lean Republican: 42%

Lean Democrat: 41%

The Buckeye State is one of Trump’s favorite rally stops, and it’s easy to see why. With 41% of voters leaning left and 42% leaning right, it’s a key swing state. Still, the President carries a 50% disapproval rating among voters there, something he’s likely aiming to change before 2020 rolls around.

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#19. Missouri

Trump approval rating: 47%

Trump disapproval rating: 48%

Lean Republican: 45%

Lean Democrat: 38%

In an attempt to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, Trump has taken a liking to Missouri, traveling there this year to help rally for Republican candidate Josh Hawley. The president carries a 47% approval rating among voters there—more than the 45% who that say they lean Republican.

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#18. Utah

Trump approval rating: 48%

Trump disapproval rating: 47%

Lean Republican: 56%

Lean Democrat: 29%

As one of the most conservative states in the country, Utah should be friendly territory for Trump—and with its 56% of Republican-leaning voters, it more or less is. But survey results suggest a portion of the state’s large Mormon population struggles with the president’s actions and character: he still carries a disapproval rating of 47% among residents.  

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#17. Kansas

Trump approval rating: 48%

Trump disapproval rating: 47%

Lean Republican: 48%

Lean Democrat: 34%

Trump earned 56% of Kansas’ vote in 2016, and that popularity has mostly continued, with a 48% approval rating. Though the state is only 34% left-leaning, his disapproval rating is still a much-higher 47%, suggesting the president may still have some work to do to hold on to those votes in 2020.

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#16. South Carolina

Trump approval rating: 48%

Trump disapproval rating: 46%

Lean Republican: 47%

Lean Democrat: 37%

The Palmetto State is famously conservative, and survey results indicate that only 37% of South Carolinians vote Democratic. That said, 46% of voters there disapprove of Trump, only slightly less than the 48% who give him a thumbs up.

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#15. Mississippi

Trump approval rating: 48%

Trump disapproval rating: 46%

Lean Republican: 45%

Lean Democrat: 38%

The Deep South carried Trump in 2016—and his popularity in the region remains high. In Mississippi, 48% of voters approve of the job the President is doing, a slight uptick from the 46% who say they disapprove. That’s on target for a state where 45% of voters lean Republican and only 38% tend to vote Democrat.

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#14. Nebraska

Trump approval rating: 49%

Trump disapproval rating: 47%

Lean Republican: 50%

Lean Democrat: 35%

Almost 60% of Nebraskans went for Trump in 2016, in a state where 50% of voters say they lean Republican. That’s led to a 49% approval rating for the president, though his 47% disapproval is high when you consider that only 35% of the state leans left.

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#13. Louisiana

Trump approval rating: 49%

Trump disapproval rating: 45%

Lean Republican: 43%

Lean Democrat: 40%

For a state that’s heavily dependent on foreign trade, Trump remains popular in Louisiana, with a 49% approval rating. Only 40% of voters there tend to lean Democrat, but 45% overall say they disapprove of the President—suggesting his popularity isn’t perfectly split along partisan lines.

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#12. Alaska

Trump approval rating: 50%

Trump disapproval rating: 44%

Lean Republican: 52%

Lean Democrat: 31%

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has been one of the few Republicans to openly disagree with President Trump, a discord that’s reflective of the state’s conservative but conservationist spirit. Though 52% of voters say they lean Republican, only 50% approve of Trump. Meanwhile, while only 31% lean left, his disapproval rating is significantly higher at 44%. It seems Alaskans may feel more aligned with their senatorial ally than the commander-in-chief, who only won 51% of the state in 2016.

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#11. Tennessee

Trump approval rating: 50%

Trump disapproval rating: 44%

Lean Republican: 47%

Lean Democrat: 35%

Much was made of Appalachia’s support for Trump in the aftermath of the 2016 election; with 47% of voters leaning conservative, he won 60% of the vote in Tennessee. But though he maintains a 50% approval rating among voters, another 44% say they disapprove: a notable bump above the state’s left-leaning population.

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#10. Arkansas

Trump approval rating: 50%

Trump disapproval rating: 44%

Lean Republican: 45%

Lean Democrat: 36%

Though he’s currently the subject of a lawsuit over Arkansas’ Medicaid rules, Trump remains popular in the heavily conservative state, where 45% of voters lean Republican and 50% approve of the job he’s doing. His 44% disapproval rating is still higher than the number of left-leaning voters, suggesting we could see more MAGA rallies in Arkansas in the future.

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#9. Kentucky

Trump approval rating: 51%

Trump disapproval rating: 45%

Lean Republican: 45%

Lean Democrat: 41%

Kentucky’s mostly white, heavily conservative population goes big for Trump: 45% of voters lean Republican and 51% approve of the job he’s doing. As president, he’s continued to rally for other conservative candidates in the state, but 45% of voters still disapprove of him.  

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#8. Montana

Trump approval rating: 52%

Trump disapproval rating: 45%

Lean Republican: 51%

Lean Democrat: 37%

Only 37% of Montanans say they lean Democrat, but 45% disapprove of Trump. Perhaps that’s why the president has made three trips to Big Sky country in 2018 alone, which serve the dual purposes of rallying for 2020 and supporting Republican candidates in midterm races. His approval rating is still high, with slightly more than the GOP-leaning population showing support.

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#7. Idaho

Trump approval rating: 53%

Trump disapproval rating: 42%

Lean Republican: 53%

Lean Democrat: 31%

Unlike its liberal neighbors in the West, Idaho is a bastion of conservatism: 53% of voters lean Republican, and the same number approve of the job the president is doing. Only 31% of Idahoans lean left, making the state friendly territory for Trump and other right-wing candidates.

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#6. Alabama

Trump approval rating: 53%

Trump disapproval rating: 42%

Lean Republican: 50%

Lean Democrat: 35%

The home state of Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who’s become a target of the president in recent months), Alabama remains fairly supportive of Trump, with 53% voter approval. Another 42% disapprove, a bump above the only 35% of voters who lean Democrat.

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#5. Oklahoma

Trump approval rating: 53%

Trump disapproval rating: 40%

Lean Republican: 49%

Lean Democrat: 35%

Trump remains popular in Oklahoma, where 53% of voters approve of his efforts, but the numbers suggest he may not be as popular as he once was. 65% of the state voted for him in 2016, and his disapproval rating is now 40%: higher than the number of voters who tend to lean Democrat.

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#4. South Dakota

Trump approval rating: 54%

Trump disapproval rating: 42%

Lean Republican: 52%

Lean Democrat: 35%

As with other states, South Dakota seems to have lost interest slightly in Trump, who won 62% of the state in 2016 but now has an approval rating of 54%. For a state that’s only 35% left-leaning, it’s worth noting that his disapproval is 42%.

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#3. North Dakota

Trump approval rating: 57%

Trump disapproval rating: 39%

Lean Republican: 56%

Lean Democrat: 28%

Like its neighbor to the south, North Dakota is a largely Republican state: 56% of voters tend to lean right, and a whopping 57% approve of Trump. Only 28% of the state leans left, which has helped other conservatives—like senatorial candidate Kevin Cramer—advance in the midterm races.

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#2. Wyoming

Trump approval rating: 57%

Trump disapproval rating: 36%

Lean Republican: 56%

Lean Democrat: 27%

Though Trump boasts a 57% approval rating in the Equality State (where 56% of voters lean Republican) he has still struggled to get his preferred candidates elected. Earlier this year, Wyoming residents snubbed Trump’s endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Foster Friess, notable for the state where the president won by the largest margin in 2016. Even so, only 27% of the state tends to vote Democrat, and his 36% disapproval rating is low in comparison.

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#1. West Virginia

Trump approval rating: 61%

Trump disapproval rating: 35%

Lean Republican: 44%

Lean Democrat: 40%

No state loves the president more than West Virginia, where a full 61% of voters approve of him and only 35% say they disapprove. In a state where only 44% of voters lean Republican, that’s a significant achievement—and one that’s become the subject of much discussion since the 2016 election.
 

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