March 23, 2017

Most Young Americans Consider Donald Trump an 'Illegitimate' President, Poll Says

20 March 2017, 09:15 | Darnell Patrick

Poll: Majority of young adults view Trump as 'illegitimate' president

New poll shows most young people do not view Donald Trump as a 'legitimate' president

The Gen-Forward survey of people 18 to 30 years old suggests that 57 percent of young adults see Trump as illegitimate.

More than half of Americans age 18 to 30 view Donald Trump's presidency as "illegitimate", according to a new poll.

The breakdown of the results further indicated that 53 percent of young white respondents consider Trump as a legitimate president, though a majority in that group, about 55 percent, view his job performance negatively.

A meager 22 percent of young adults approve of the president's job performance with 62 percent disapproving.

Just a quarter of young Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party and six in 10 have an unfavorable view.

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"Overall, we find that young people have negative views about Donald Trump and are pessimistic about the state of country, but there are crucial differences across race and ethnicity in current political evaluations", the survey noted in its conclusion. Fifty-eight percent of whites thought Trump's policies were bad to some degree and 67 percent thought his demeanor was bad to some degree.

Views of the Democratic Party are most favorable among young people of color: About six in 10 blacks, Asians and Latinos hold positive views of it.

A majority of those polled also expressed a belief that that the president's performance could be compromised by Russian Federation, with 51% of young white people saying they think Russian Federation has compromising information about Trump, while around 60% of young black, Asian and Latino Americans believed it was the case.

The poll included 1,833 respondents queried between February 16 and March 6.

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