My colleague David Wasserman had a tremendous piece last week on the dearth of politically competitive counties in America. In crunching the data from the 2016 campaign, David found that the overwhelming majority of American voters live in counties that are either solidly red or solidly blue. Where you live has become a solid predictor of how you’ll vote. And, despite a tumultuous beginning to the Trump era, the geographic divide has shown no signs of budging. The Wall Street Journal’s Dante Chinni breaks down the February NBC/Wall Street Journal poll by region and finds, not surprisingly, that the urban/rural and exurban/inner suburban split we saw in the 2016 campaign is alive and well a month into President Trump’s tenure. Those who live in exurban and rural areas give him a 53-59 percent job approval rating, while those in cities and inner suburbs give him subpar job ratings. Just 35 percent of urban suburbanites and 23 percent of city dwellers approved of the job he was doing.
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