Farmers Pick Their Next U.S. President

Farmers Pick Their Next U.S. President

Rick Santorum received most votes by Northeast farmers and ruralists in a presidential election poll during New York Farm Show.

By Noon Thursday, word quickly spread that American Agriculturist was conducting a presidential election poll at the New York Farm Show. Exhibitors and farming visitors from eight Northeast states stopped at the exhibit throughout the show, some more than once, to check the latest numbers posted on the board.

Some 387 persons weighed in on the presidential election farmer poll. Some congregated at the display. Some whipped out cell and smart phones to take a picture.

PHOTO MOMENT: A New York Farm Show visitor catches American Agriculturist's posted poll results on her smart phone.

Early Friday morning, a radio program announced that President Barack Obama had received only 3% of Thursday's vote. That was an error. In checking the posted results, someone had wiped out the "1" in front of the number "3" on the Obama tally.

The question read: "If the election for President of the United States were held today, which candidate would you most likely vote for?" Here is how the candidates ranked:

 

Barack Obama

12%

Newt Gingrich

10%

Ron Paul

14%

Mitt Romney

21%

Rick Santorum

31%

No Answer

12%

 

The majority of those casting votes opposed the re-election of President Barack Obama. While Rick Santorum earned the most votes during all three days, voters looking for choices other than President Obama were most vociferous about the lack of a strong Republican candidate.

As one farmer grumbled, "If Republicans don't get their heads out of their......, we'll have four more years." A number asked as they read the question, "Do you have another option?"

Preferences in this presidential election poll differed markedly between the Thursday-Friday polling results and the Saturday results. The first two days were more dominated by full-time farmers, while Saturday brought more rural non-farmers into the mix.

President Obama and Ron Paul received higher percentage of all votes cast on Saturday than on the first two days. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum pulled substantially more votes on Thursday and Friday. And the percentage registering "No Answer" mushroomed on Saturday.

The bottom of this presidential election poll? The agricultural community, at least in the Northeast, may be as undecided on a Republican candidate as mainstream America is at this point.

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