Most young Americans don't see Trump as legitimate leader, poll says

A majority of young Americans view Donald Trump's presidency as illegitimate, including about three-quarters of black people and almost half of whites. Political engagement has taken place largely online and in opposition to-rather than in support of-President Trump. Young adults of color are especially skeptical of Trump as commander-in-chief, with the majority of blacks, Asians and Latino/as reporting that Trump's presidency is illegitimate. Young Asian-American adults reported feeling similarly with only 36% of them saying that they believe Trump is legitimate.

Among young adults of color, 74 percent of African Americans and 71 percent of Latinx view Trump's presidency as "illegitimate", while a majority of whites (53 percent) view Trump as a "legitimate" president.

Overall, just 22 percent of young adults approve of the job he is doing as USA president, while 62 percent disapprove. Young people of color are especially anxious.

The breakdown of those results showed that 53 percent of young white respondents consider Trump a legitimate president, but a majority in that group, 55 percent, view his job performance negatively. "Only 39% of whites share this view".

Only 28 percent of whites approve of Vice President Pence however as opposed to 29 percent who approve of President Trump.

"Health care and immigration are among the other top issues listed by millennials, suggesting a response to Trump's current policy agenda". It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

  • Carolyn Briggs