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Trump says 'suburban housewife' will vote for him. What do polls, 2018 election show?

Bailey Aldridge, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in News & Features

President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that the "suburban housewife" will vote for him in the upcoming election -- but polls and past election results tell a different story.

"The 'suburban housewife' will be voting for me," the president tweeted. "They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker (sic) in charge!"

Trump was referencing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, an Obama-era regulation aimed at preventing racial housing discrimination and required local governments to address discriminatory housing laws and regulations.

The Trump administration announced in July it would "ultimately terminate" the rule. Joe Biden has said he would work to re-implement the Obama-era regulation suspended by the Trump administration, according to his campaign website.

The president has repeatedly targeted suburban voters with unproven claims that suburbs would be "bothered" or "hurt" by the implementation of the rule. He has also accused Biden of planning to "totally destroy" suburbs," McClatchy News previously reported.

But polls and recent election results show the president may not have as much support among suburban voters as he thinks.


Recent polls of those voters show him behind Biden by an average of 15 points, which NPR reports is a historic margin.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll in July found Biden is up 52% to 43% among "suburbanites." A Fox News poll found Biden up by an 11-point margin among suburban voters, 49% to 38%. An early June CNN poll found Trump down by 14 points.

Additionally, a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found Trump down by 25 points among suburban residents.

His support is even lower among suburban women, the polls show.


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