Poll: Most Young Americans Disapprove of Trump

Slim majority of white voters support him, most other racial and ethnic groups don’t

A slim majority of young whites say Donald Trump’s presidency is a legitimate one, but a majority of them don’t approve of his job performance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows that a majority of young Americans don’t see Donald Trump as a legitimate president and most disapprove of his performance so far.

Those are the results from GenForward, a poll of young adults between ages 18 to 30 conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago and Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, The Associated Press reported.

While 57 percent of those surveyed see Trump as a illegitimate president, there is a large disparity between young whites and other groups.

A slim majority of young white voters said Trump’s presidency is legitimate even though 55 percent of them said they disapprove of the job he is doing. But 74 percent of African-Americans and 71 percent of Hispanic-Americans said they see him as illegitimate.

Only 22 percent of young Americans approve of the job Trump is doing while 62 percent disapprove of the job he is doing.

But that doesn’t mean the poll bodes well for the Democratic Party. Among all surveyed, 47 percent approve of the party, but only 39 percent of young whites do.

The same divide appears between whites and other groups on attitudes toward the Democratic Party: Six in 10 African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans have a positive view of the Democratic Party, while only 39 percent of whites approve.

The poll surveyed 1,833 adults from 10 to 30 and was conducted Feb. 16 through March 6, using a sample from the GenForward panel, which is designed to represent the U.S. young adult population. Respondents were selected randomly using address-based sampling then later interviewed online or by phone.

The sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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