When it comes to politics, there is usually a significant discrepancy between what the older and younger generations think and feel. Today’s younger generation of Americans seems to be no different. A recent poll has shown that the majority of young Americans do not see Trump as a “legitimate president.”
The poll in question was performed by GenForward in cooperation with the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago and the Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Performed over the time period spanning from February 16th to March 6th, 1,833 adult Americans were polled. The demographic group of young people between the ages of 18 and 30 were the group that showed the most obvious disdain for the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.
The numbers are quite telling of the public’s current view on President Trump. Fifty-seven percent of all of the people polled viewed Trump as an illegitimate president. And when the numbers are broken down into other demographic groups, they become even more telling. Just 53 percent of young white (Caucasian) adults saw President Trump as a legitimate president (meaning 47 percent see him as illegitimate) but within that same group, 55 percent do not approve of the job that he is doing in office so far.
Once the poll moves beyond white Americans, the numbers get even more interesting. The young black demographic group had the least confidence in the legitimacy of the president with three quarters of this group saying President Trump was illegitimate. The numbers were similarly large among Asian and Latino respondents in the same age groups.
This stark contrast is quite telling. Most people have come to understand the President Trump was largely a “white man’s candidate.” Not only did he run on the Republican ticket, but he often referred to himself as the “law and order” candidate calling for more strict laws regarding police presence, martial law, and more. This came at a time of great racial tension in the United States, particularly in terms of police misconduct and brutality. It is no wonder that minority youth feel that Trump is not a legitimate president. He stands for everything that many people see wrong with the country as it stands today.
These numbers also show a shift in priorities and politics between the older generations and the up-and-coming generations. The political future will likely be one of great change and upheaval as this generation and those that are younger come of age in the aftermath of the 2016 election. In fact, it is also likely that these approval ratings and perspectives on the legitimacy of President Trump will only continue to decline in the months and years to come. Many youth, already disillusioned with the 45th President will become even more so and those who voted him into office may begin to see that they got more than they bargained for.
While nobody can tell the future, it would be interesting to see this poll repeated over the course of the next four years and see what those results are and how the youth views align or part from their older counterparts. Only time will tell what the history books write about President Trump, but what is true today is that young Americans are echoing the chant of “Not My President” loud and clear.