Donald Trump's approval rating at a low 32 percent among young Americans, says poll

The approval rating for US President Donald Trump is at a low 32 percent among young Americans.

PTI April 28, 2017 13:15:09 IST
Donald Trump's approval rating at a low 32 percent among young Americans, says poll

New York: The approval rating for US President Donald Trump is at a low 32 percent among young Americans, who gave him a poor score of 27 percent on his race relations, according to a new poll on his first 100-day performance.

The national poll by Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics (IOP) said 32 percent of 18-29 year-old Americans approve of Trump's job performance overall.

The poll shows that young Americans approval of Trump's handling of the economy is at 37 percent, his dealing with the Islamic State terrorist group at 33 percent, health care at 30 percent, climate change at 28 percent and performance on race relations at 27 percent.

Donald Trumps approval rating at a low 32 percent among young Americans says poll

Donald Trump. Reuters

"While we spend a lot of time talking about what divides us, younger millennials are seeking leaders who will unite us. This is both good government and good politics, and it is the overarching message from our last year of polling, town meetings and conversations with millennials from across the country," said John Della Volpe, Polling Director at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics.

The survey, which included more than 2,500 responses from 18 to 29-year-olds, found that millennials scored Trump's performance lower than the general public does. With Trump's national approval rating already lower than any modern president, the poll discloses another layer of dissatisfaction with the new administration.

On Trump's 100-day performance, 41 percent gave him an 'F' grade (the lowest) while 10 percent gave him an 'A' grade (the highest).

The poll found that 59 percent of young Americans agree they want to work towards helping unite and not further divide the country. It said that compared to five years ago, while more young Americans today believe that politics is relevant to their lives, fewer want to work in some form of public service.

In 2012, 31 percent of the 18 to 29 year-olds agreed that public service is appealing and today the number has fallen to 25 percent.

On elements of Trump's agenda, three-in-five people believe his plan to end unfair trade practices will make America better.

When asked about a set of Trump's proposed policies using the administration's policy language, 60 percent of young Americans say that "cracking down on countries" illegal and unfair trade practices that hurt American workers would make America better, while 13 percent responded that it would make America worse.

There is less support for "repealing and replacing" the Affordable Care Act for "temporarily banning all refugees from coming into the US and temporarily banning issuance of new visas from 6 predominately Muslim countries in the Middle East", with 28 percent saying it will make America better and 48 percent disagreeing with it.

Further, when asked if they believed Trump's use of Twitter is appropriate, 68 percent of young Americans say that his use of the microblogging site is mostly not appropriate for the office.

The poll also found that 10 percent of respondents give the mainstream media an 'A' grade for coverage of Trump during the first 100 days.

For the survey, 2,650 young Americans between 18- and 29-years-old were interviewed.

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