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Oneida County, NY (WIBX) - Despite some gaffes in his campaign, Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney is heavily favored over Mr. Obama by rural voters. That's according to a recent survey of nine battleground states conducted by a bipartisan team of researchers hired by the Center for Rural Strategies.

It shows rural voters favor Romney by 14 points over Obama, giving him a 54-percent approval rating. Although not counted as a battleground state, New York has a large rural population--many of them farmers. Here's what some of them had to say about the poll:

Spokesperson for the New York Farm Bureau, Steve Ammerman also chimed in, saying local farmers are paying attention to the presidential election.

Click HERE to read each presidential candidate's response to questions from the New York Farm Bureau. The battleground states targeted for the survey on rural voters choice for president are: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.