Political season is polling season and an odd couple top the popularity charts in Big Sky Country– Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Governor Steve Bullock. Q2 reports that Trump has an approval rating of 54.5 percent in Montana – more than any politician in the state– but just barely edges out Bullock, who scored a 54.2 percent approval rating in the MTN-Montana State University poll. Two members of Congress up for re-election representing different political parties– Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte – had the lowest approval ratings with slightly less than 50 percent. The mail-in ballot polling data also demonstrated that independent voters, who represent a sizable voting bloc in Montana, approve of the job that Tester and Bullock are doing by strong margins, but are more disapproving of both Trump and Gianforte.

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