But the rust belt is also regaining some of its fiscal shine.
In truth, the results of the Ames Straw Poll are decidedly unpromising for the rust belt on Election Day, a mere 15 months away.
His last stand begins in the rust belt, on a bus in Ohio, says pollster Thomas Riehle.
: Wall Street, Chrysler, high-tech enterprises vs ''rust bowl'' asi industries
The beleaguered and declining industrial areas, esp of the Middle West: in the midwestern middle, the ''rust bowl''/ Breaking the Rust Belt loose (1984+)
[modeled on the 1930s term dust bowl and the 1970s term sun belt]