Trump’s popularity dives
Poll: 57% of nation’s young adults see his presidency as illegitimate
Most young Americans do not see Donald Trump as a legitimate leader, according to a survey.
WASHINGTON: Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers.
“You can’t be saying that (if ) you’re the president,” says Anderson, a 21yearold student from Coconut Creek, Florida.
That Trump is undeniably the nation’s 45th president doesn’t sit easily with young Americans like Anderson, who are the nation’s increasingly diverse electorate of the future, according to a new poll.
A majority of young adults – 57% – see Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, including about threequarters of blacks and large majorities of Latinos and Asians, the GenForward poll found.
GenForward is a poll of adults age 18 to 30 conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with The Associated PressNORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
A slim majority of young whites in the poll, 53%, consider Trump a legitimate president, but even among that group 55% disapprove of the job he’s doing, according to the survey.
“That’s who we voted for. And obviously America wanted him more than Hillary Clinton,” said Rebecca Gallardo, a 30yearold nursing student from Kansas City, Missouri, who voted for Trump.
Trump’s legitimacy as president was questioned earlier this year Democratic Georgia Rep John Lewis: “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elect ed. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
Trump routinely denies that and says he captured the presidency in large part by winning states such as Michigan and Wisconsin that Clinton may have taken for granted.
Overall, just 22% of young adults approve of the job he is doing as president, while 62% disapprove.
Trump’s rhetoric as a candidate and his presidential decisions have done much to keep the question of who belongs in America atop the news, though he’s struggling to accomplish some key goals.
Powered by supporters chanting “build the wall,” Trump has vowed to erect a barrier along the southern US border and make Mexico pay for it – which Mexico refuses to do.
Trump said in his campaign announcement speech on June 6, 2015: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best... They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
It’s extraordinary rhetoric for the leader of a country where, by around 2020, half of the nation’s children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group, the Census Bureau projects. NonHispanic whites are expected to be a minority by 2044.
Of all of Trump’s tweets and rhetoric, the statements about Mexicans are the ones to which Anderson returns.
“He’s saying most of the people in the world who are raping and killing people are the immigrants. That’s not true,” he says. — AP