Most young Americans do not see Trump as a legitimate leader

The graph shows the results of GenForward poll on younger Americans’ attitudes to Donald Trump and his presidency; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;

(Associated Press)

WASHINGTON – Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, a reference to a number of Mexican immigrants, such as rapists and murderers.

“You can’t say that (if) you’re the president,” says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida.

That Trump card is undoubtedly the nation’s 45th president is not easy with young Americans, such as Anderson that the nation is becoming more diverse voters of the future, according to a new poll. A majority of young adults — 57 percent — see Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, including approximately three-quarters of the blacks and the vast majority of Latinos and Asians, the GenForward poll found.

GenForward is a poll of adults in the age 18 to 30 years conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

A small majority of young whites in the poll, 53 percent, consider Trump to be a legitimate president, but even among that group, 55 percent disapprove of the job he is doing, according to the survey.

“That’s who we voted for. And, of course, America wanted him more than Hillary Clinton,” said Rebecca Gallardo, a 30-year-old nursing student from Kansas City, Missouri, who have voted for Trump.

Trump’s legitimacy as the president proposed earlier this year by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.: “I think that the Russians participated in the help of this man. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”

Trump routinely denies that and says that he captured the presidency in large part by winning states such as Michigan and Wisconsin, which Clinton have taken for granted.

In total, only 22 percent of young adults approve of the job he is doing as president while 62 percent disapprove.

Trump’s rhetoric as a candidate and his presidential decisions have done much to the question of who belongs in America on top of the news, but he has struggled to achieve a number of important goals. Powered by supporters, chanting, “build the wall,” Trump has vowed to erect a barrier along the southern border of the V. S. and Mexico for pay — that Mexico refuses to do. Federal judges in three states have blocked Trump’s executive orders to put a ban on travel to the US. of seven — six majority-Muslim countries.

In Honolulu, U. S. District Judge Derrick Watson this week cited “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban, citing Trump’s own words called for a complete shutdown of the Muslims in the United States.”

And yes, Trump said in his campaign announcement speech on June 6, 2015: “If Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They bring drugs. They bring crime. They are rapists. And what, I assume, are good people.” He went further in the following explanations, later told CNN: “Some are good and some are rapists and some murderers.”

It is extremely rhetoric for the leader of a country, where around 2020 half of the nation’s children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group, the Census Bureau projects. Non-Hispanic whites expected to become a minority by 2044.

Of all of Trump’s tweets and rhetoric, the statements about Mexicans are the ones that Anderson gives. He says Trump’s business background on paper is impressive enough to qualify him for the presidency. But he suggests that other than the Trump earn legitimacy as president.

“I think, he says that most people in the world that the raping and killing of people are the immigrants. That is not true,” said Anderson, whose parents are from Jamaica.

Megan Desrochers, a 21-year-old student from Lansing, Michigan, says her sense of Trump’s illegality is more about the reason why he was elected.

“I think it was a kind of a situation in which he was elected on the basis of his celebrity status versus his ethics,” she said, adding that they are not per se against Trump immigration policy.

The poll participants said in interviews that they will not necessarily vote for a party of the candidates more than the other, a prominent tendency among young Americans, say the experts. And in the survey, none of the two parties the rates are particularly strong.

Only a quarter of young Americans have a favorable view of the Republican y, and 6 in 10 have an unfavorable view. The majority of young people across racial and ethnic lines hold a negative view of the GOP.

The Democratic y performs better, but the view is not overwhelmingly positive. Young people are more likely to have a favorable than an unfavorable view of the Democratic y by a 47 percent to 36 percent margin. But only 14 percent say that they have a strong positive image of the Democrats.

Views of the Democratic y are the most favorable among young people of color. About 6 in 10 blacks, Asians and Latinos hold positive views of the party. Young whites are slightly more likely to have unfavorable than favorable view, 47 percent to 39 percent.

As for Trump, 8 out of 10 young people who think that he is doing bad in terms of the policies that he put forward and 7 in 10 have a negative view of his presidential posture.

“I don’t like him as a person,” says Gallardo of Trump. They will still vote for Trump because they don’t trust Clinton. “I felt there is not much choice.”


The poll of 1,833 adults in the age group of 18-30 years was carried out Feb. 16 to March 6, using a sample of the probability on the basis of GenForward plate, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. young adult population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4% – points.

The study was paid for by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago, with the help of grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

The respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or over the phone.



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