CENTREVILLE, Md. | The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s field office on Maryland’s Eastern Shore was closed because of the partial federal government shutdown when George Godfrey Jr. showed up Wednesday, leaving him without a reimbursement check for his grain crop losses.
Despite the setback, Mr. Godfrey didn’t waver in his support for President Trump. In fact, he said he was ready to hang tough indefinitely with Mr. Trump in the shutdown fight over border security.
“I pretty much agree with the guy 100 percent. I think his opposition is the problem,” said the 62-year-old farmer. “I’ve had some really difficult times, but there are too many people in the country that just want free handouts and I think that’s where all this noise is coming from.”
Count Mr. Godfrey among the president’s base that remains rock-solid as the partial government shutdown drags on for a fourth week.
A Quinnipiac University poll released this week found that 86 percent of Republican voters approve of Mr. Trump’s performance, up from 82 percent in December before the shutdown.
Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, called the president’s base “granite strong.” He credited their loyalty with keeping Mr. Trump’s overall approval rating above 40 percent despite his poor showings on honesty, empathy, leadership and fitness to serve.