A new poll from GenForward, a survey by the Black Youth Project and the AP-NORC, shows that a majority of Americans ages 18-30 believe that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president.
While an overwhelming majority of Asian-American, black, and Latinx millennials consider Trump to be illegitimate, a slight majority of white millennials view the popular vote loser as legitimate.
Unsurprisingly, these figures are indicative of Trump’s low approval ratings among millennials. Though Gallup found that a 54% majority of whites still approve of Trump, he has the approval of only 29% of white millennials, his best rating with any race of millennials.
Though white millennials consistently approve of Trump more than millennials of color, there are no issues besides the one of legitimacy in which a majority of white millennials support the Trump regime. A 57% majority of all millennials have an unfavorable view of Mike Pence and a 55% majority “disapprove of how Trump has dealt with Russia.” A majority of all races also believe that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, though not all agree that this interference “hampered” the outcome of the election.
A majority of all races also “believe that Russia has comprising information about President Trump,” meaning that his regime’s pro-Russian stances may be influenced by blackmail. These claims, as well as what seems to be collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election, are currently being investigated by the FBI.
Though a 40% plurality of millennials identify as Democrats, neither party is incredibly popular with Americans ages 18-30. Only 24% approve of the Republican Party and only 47% approve of the Democratic Party.
Despite the lack of party identification, millennials have been quite politically active since the election.
The most common political actions millennials have taken have been online – signing petitions, expressing their opinions, and sharing information. Contacting public officials, donating money, and attending protests, rallies, or demonstrations were found to be far less common, with not even a quarter of millennials participating in these actions.
A majority of those who did contact officials did so to express their opposition to Trump.
In terms of anti-Trump protests, a majority of all but white millennials approve.
The two biggest issues for millennials are healthcare and immigration. Many also cited racism, education, income inequality, and climate change as “important problems facing the country.”
These priorities—in particular the concern with both health care and immigration— seem to reflect to a degree the issues that Trump has prioritized during the first 50 days of his administration. Supporting the idea that young people are responding to the agenda of the Trump administration, we find that issues of health care and immigration are of greater concern to young people now than they were prior to the election.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives will vote on the AHCA, Paul Ryan’s proposed bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. FiveThirtyEight found that just 27% of Americans support the Republican bill. We’ll have to wait and see if millennials will truly take action en masse against the Trump regime with this top issue of healthcare.
Jordan is a political writer, activist, cinephile, proud queer woman of color, and Mad Max: Fury Road fanatic. She’s cautiously optimistic about the future of humanity.