For some reason David posted this on his other blog rather than here . . .
We can see a steady decline of Republican support among rural poor voters starting in 1972. Even with a big jump in 2000, support for the Republican presidential candidate was less than 50 percent. So, Obama, it looks like poor rural Americans have no problem voting for Democrats.
I’m not quite sure why 2004 isn’t included here too, but in any case, the sample size of rural voters is pretty small in each year, so you don’t want to over-interpret the jumps from year to year.