FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2021
ONE COUNTRY PROJECT RELEASES REPORT ON RURAL REACTION TO BIDEN’S PRESIDENCY
Online conversation in rural communities shows mixed support for Biden’s actions and policies in his first 66 days
Washington, D.C. – Today, One Country Project (OCP) released the second report in a three-part series on rural America’s reaction to President Biden’s first 100 days in office. The report analyzes publicly available online conversations surrounding President Biden’s actions and policies among rural Americans in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. This second report expands upon the first report and offers insights into the rural reaction to key issues, including the American Rescue Plan, COVID-19 vaccination rollout, and immigration.
“As President Biden continues to execute his agenda to build back better, it’s critical to understand the specific viewpoints of rural Americans,” said OCP co-founder Heidi Heitkamp. “This report shows that providing financial relief directly to Americans and investing in communities is critical to lifting up the rural areas that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. On the other hand, the report also shows where rural Americans see the Biden administration falling short– people are overwhelmingly concerned about immigration, jobs, and getting their kids back in school. With Congress and the administration turning their attention to infrastructure, Democrats must continue to listen to the needs of rural America.”
The key findings of the second report include:
- Just as in the first report, the rural reaction to President Biden’s first 66 days can best be described as “mixed.”
- President Biden is enjoying great support in rural communities for his response to pandemic-related issues, including the American Rescue Plan, COVID-19 policies, stimulus checks, and vaccine rollout.
- On the other hand, his administration is perceived as falling short on education, health care, and unemployment issues.
- The president was criticized by his own supporters over the minimum wage and immigration because people feel let down by inaction on those issues.
- Politically, President Biden’s success with the pandemic and related relief has been beneficial for Democrats as voters are reminded of the failure of the Trump administration on COVID and Republican opposition to the American Rescue Plan.
This is the second in a series of three reports analyzing the publicly available online conversation about Biden’s first 100 days in office within rural communities of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The analysis observed social media traffic from 97,000 people in these rural communities.
View the first and second reports here.
About One Country Project
The One Country Project, led by former Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn their support. One Country is reengaging with rural Americans, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities. To learn more, visit the website, OneCountryProject.org.