These Are the States That Love Donald Trump the Most

Want to know whether your views on Donald Trump put you in the majority or minority in your state (or city)? You could look at how your state voted in the 2016 election. But there’s definitely a more interesting chapter to that story: The approval ratings that Trump has earned in each state, and how his net approval has changed, state by state, during his time in office.

To figure out which states love Trump the most — not just those that voted for him in large numbers in 2016 — we’ll take a look at the states where his approval ratings are the highest. Morning Consult tracks the president’s state-by-state approval ratings, and also his net approval. In some states, one or both of those numbers has changed significantly during Trump’s time in office. And it’s normal for presidents to become less popular after they get elected. But in many of the states that love the president the most, the numbers haven’t changed as much as you’d think.

Ahead, find out whether you live in one of the states that loves Donald Trump the most.

15. Missouri

Missouri welcome sign

Welcome to Missouri sign along U.S. Route 169 at the Iowa/Missouri state line. | fotoguy22/ iStock/ Getty Images

Missouri begins the list of the states that love Donald Trump the most with its 51% August 2018 approval rating of the president, down only slightly from the 53% rating that Trump received in January 2017 in the state. The president’s net approval — the percentage of approval minus the percentage of disapproval — has fallen by only 12 points so far during his time in office. Disapproval ratings grew from 34% in January 2017 to 45% in August 2018.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump won 56.4% of the vote in Missouri in 2016, and Missouri is a competitive state that tends to lean Republican.

Next: Trump’s approval rating in this state hasn’t moved much, but his net approval has fallen. 

14. Kansas

The Kansas state capitol building is located in downtown Topeka on land donated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad company. Construction began in 1866 and was officially completed 37 years later in 1903 at a total cost of just over 3.2 million dollars. The building is over 300 feet tall and is 17 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

The Kansas Capitol | fotoguy22/iStock/Getty Images

In Kansas, the president has an approval rating 52% as of August 2018, just a few points lower than the 56% approval rating he earned in January 2017. But Donald Trump’s net approval has actually fallen 17 points during the same period, with disapproval ratings growing from 32% at the start of his term to 45% at the time of Morning Consult’s most recent numbers.

The New York Times reports that Donald Trump won 56.2% of the vote in Kansas in 2016, and the state hasn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1964.

Next: The president’s approval rating has fallen only slightly in this state. 

13. Alaska

Mountain landscape in Juneau, Alaska

Mountain landscape in Juneau, Alaska | chaolik/ iStock/ Getty Images Plus

Alaska is also one of the states that loves Donald Trump the most, with Morning Consult’s most recent numbers showing a 52% approval rating in the state in August 2018. That’s down slightly from Trump’s January 2017 approval rating of 55%. But his net approval in the state has decreased by only 15 points, thanks to disapproval ratings that went from 31% in January 2017 to 43% in August 2018.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump won 51.3% of the vote in Alaska in 2016, winning the state’s three electoral votes.

Next: Trump’s disapproval ratings have increased in this state. 

12. Oklahoma

Welcome to Oklahoma Sign along highway

Welcome to Oklahoma Sign along highway | pabradyphoto/ iStock/ Getty Images

In Oklahoma, Donald Trump achieved a 53% approval rating in August 2018. But that’s actually down significantly from the 61% approval rating he had in the state at the beginning of his term in office. His net approval in the state has also slid by a full 25 points during that time, with the president’s disapproval ratings going from 27% in January 2017 to 44% in August 2018.

The New York Times reports that Donald Trump won 65.3% of the vote in 2016 Oklahoma, a state that a Republican has carried in every presidential election in 1968.

Next: The president’s net approval has only fallen a little in this state. 

11. South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Charleston | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

South Carolina also makes the list of the states where Donald Trump has the highest approval ratings. As of August 2018, the president had a 54% approval rating in the Palmetto state, down only slightly from the 56% approval rating he had at the start of his term. His net approval in the state has slid just 13 points over the course of his tenure, with disapproval ratings going from 31% in January 2017 to 42% in August 2018.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump won 54.9% of the vote in 2016 in South Carolina, getting all nine of its electoral votes.

Next: Disapproval ratings have risen in this state. But it still gives Trump a high approval rating. 

10. Kentucky

Louisville, KY

Louisville | toddtaulman/ iStock/ Getty Images

Donald Trump can count on Kentucky as one of the states that loves him the most. The president earned a 55% approval rating in the state in August 2018, down from 61% at the start of his term in January 2017. And interestingly enough, his net approval has slid 20 points in the state during that time, with disapproval ratings rising from 27% in January 2017 to 41% in August 2018.

The New York Times reports that Donald Trump won 62.5% of the vote in Kentucky in 2016, with just two counties in the entire state voting for Hillary Clinton instead.

Next: Trump’s approval rating has fallen slightly in this state. But it’s still very high. 

9. Idaho

Welcome sign on the boarder to Idaho State

Welcome sign on the boarder to Idaho State | oscity/ iStock/ Getty Images

Idaho also lands on the list of states that love Donald Trump the most. The president achieved a 55% approval rating in the state in August 2018, down slightly from 59% in January 2017. And Trump’s net approval has actually slid 15 points in the state during his time in office, with disapproval ratings growing from 30% in January 2017 to 41% in August 2018.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump won 59.2% of the vote in 2016 in Idaho, a state that the Times characterizes as “a Republican stronghold that has only backed a Democratic presidential candidate once since 1952.”

Next: The president earns a high approval rating in this state. But his disapproval ratings have grown. 

8. Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas | Sean Pavone/ iStock/ Getty Images

In Arkansas, Donald Trump has a 56% approval rating as of August 2018, enough to land the state in the top 10 ranking of states that love the president the most. Trump’s net approval has slid 13 points in the state during his time in office, though. Approval ratings fell from 59% in January 2017. And disapproval ratings grew from 29% to 40% during that period.

The New York Times reports that Donald Trump won 60.6% of the vote in Arkansas in 2016. Even though Hillary Clinton had served as the state’s former first lady, Arkansas awarded its six electoral votes to Trump instead.

Next: Trump’s approval ratings have risen in this state. 

7. South Dakota

The state capitol in Pierre, South Dakota

The state capitol in Pierre, South Dakota. | entzy/ iStock/ Getty Images Plus

South Dakota is another state where Donald Trump’s approval rating has actually improved during his time in office. The president had an approval rating of 54% in January 2017 in the state, and the number rose to 56% in August 2018. His net approval in the state has slid by just 6 points, thanks to disapproval ratings that grew from 33% in January 2017 to 41% in August 2018.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump won 61.5% of the vote in South Dakota in 2016. The state is “reliably Republican,” according to the Times, and awarded its three electoral votes to Trump.

Next: This state loves Donald Trump. But his disapproval ratings have grown. 

6. Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee Skyline | SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

Donald Trump has high approval ratings in Tennessee, where his August 2018 approval rating reached 58%. But that number is actually lower than the 61% approval rating that the president achieved in the state in January 2017. And his net approval in Tennessee has actually fallen by 14 points during that period, with disapproval ratings going from 28% in January 2017 to 39% in August 2018.

The New York Times reports that Donald Trump won 60.7% of the vote in Tennessee in the 2016 election. Even though Bill Clinton won the state in 1992 and 1996, the state’s 11 electoral votes went to Trump.

Next: The president’s approval ratings have increased in this state. 

5. Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana | Sean Pavone/ iStock/ Getty Images

Louisiana ranks among the top five states that love Donald Trump the most thanks to the president’s 60% August 2018 approval rating in the state, up from the 59% he earned in January 2017. Trump’s net approval has slid by 7 points during that time, with disapproval ratings in Louisiana starting at 28% in January 2017 and rising to 36% in August 2018.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump won 58.1% of the vote in Louisiana in 2016, easily winning the state’s eight electoral votes.

Next: Trump’s approval ratings have stayed steady in this state. 

4. Mississippi

Mississippi State highway

Welcome to Mississippi | Tiago_Fernandez/Getty Images

Next on the list? Mississippi, where the president currently enjoys approval ratings of 61% — the exact same number he achieved in January 2017. Despite the stable approval ratings, Donald Trump’s net approval has fallen by 8 points in Mississippi during that time, on account of disapproval ratings that have risen from 27% in January 2017 to 35% in August 2018.

The New York Times reports that Donald Trump won 57.9% of the vote in Mississippi in the 2016 election, though numerous counties in the southern state actually voted for Hillary Clinton.

Next: The president has a higher approval rating in this state now than he did when he entered office. 

3. Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama | SeanPavonePhoto/ iStock/ Getty Images

Alabama lands in the top three states with the highest approval ratings for Donald Trump. As of August 2018, the president had a 63% approval rating in the state, a point higher than the 62% he earned at the start of his term in January 2017. His net approval dropped just 6 points during that period, with disapproval ratings rising from 26% in January 2017 to 33% in August 2018.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump won 62.1% of the vote in Alabama during the 2016 presidential election, and had the state’s nine electoral votes to back him.

Next: Approval ratings have gone up in this state, too. It must really love Donald Trump. 

2. West Virginia

charleston, west virginia

Charleston, West Virginia | Joe Raedle/ Getty Images

Donald Trump enjoys his second-highest state-by-state approval rating in West Virginia, where he has a 64% approval rating as of August 2018. That’s even higher than the approval rating he had at the beginning of his term, when he had a 62% approval rating in West Virginia. During his time in office so far, Trump has only lost 6 points in net approval in the state, thanks to disapproval ratings that went from 25% in January 2017 to 32% in August 2018.

The New York Times reports that Donald Trump won 67.9% of the vote in West Virginia in 2016. Experts predicted the “landslide” in the solidly red state. And not a single county in West Virginia voted for Hillary Clinton.

Next: This state gives the president the highest approval rating of all. 

1. Wyoming

Wyoming State highway

A Wyoming State welcome road sign | robertcicchetti/Getty Images

Wyoming is the state where Donald Trump currently enjoys the highest approval rating, at 65% as of August 2018. In fact, the president earned a higher approval rating in the most recent poll than he did at the start of his term, in January 2017, when he had a 63% approval rating. Plus, his net approval in the state has slid just 7 points, thanks to disapproval ratings that grew from 23% in January 2017 to 31% in August 2018.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump won 68.2% of the vote in Wyoming during the 2016 presidential election. Only one county in the entire state — Teton County — voted for Hillary Clinton instead of Trump.

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