Survey of Rural America

The Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post Survey of Rural America

Sampling, Data Collection and Tabulation by SSRS

“The latest partnership poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the views and experiences of people living in small towns and rural areas across the United States, and how they are similar or different from those in urban and suburban settings. It is the 31st in a series of surveys dating back to 1995 that have been conducted as part of the Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Project. In part, the survey was designed to shed light on the political views of those living in rural counties where Donald Trump scored a 26-percentage-point victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, a substantial increase from Mitt Romney’s 16-point margin over Barack Obama in 2012. In addition to politics, the survey gauges rural Americans’ views of their communities, their sense of shared values, their economic concerns, and their views on issues of race and immigration.”

Read The Washington Post’s Coverage:

  • Poll of rural Americans shows deep cultural divide with urban centers

  • Rural America lifted Trump to the presidency. Support is strong, but not monolithic

  • In rural America, fewer immigrants and less tolerance

  • When it comes to saying grace, Americans are still united

  • Differences, in black and white: Rural Americans’ views often set apart by race

  • Meet the rural Americans who fear they’re being forgotten