Young black adults believe Trump’s presidency is illegitimate

According to a GenForward poll released on Friday, most young adult black Americans, those under 30, consider Donald Trump’s presidency illegitimate.

Published: March 20, 2017, 8:06 am

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    Most young blacks and large majorities of Latinos and Asian-Americans say they consider Trump’s presidency illegitimate, but only 47 percent of young whites agreed.

    The survey, conducted last month by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, revealed that most non-white respondents aged between 18-30 just do not consider America’s 45th president as their leader.

    As many as 57 percent of the 1 833 polled believe Trump’s presidency is illegitimate for various reasons, including what they saw as a rigged election process and his pro-American, nationalist policies.

    Trump is more popular among young white respondents, with a majority 53 percent of them saying he was a legitimate leader. However, even among that group, 55 percent voiced concern about his ability to govern.

    Overall, only 22 percent of young adults approve of Trump, while almost two-thirds, some 62 percent disapprove.

    According to another poll by Gallup, based on around 1 500 phone interviews with American adults, the president’s approval rating has dropped to a record low 37 percent. On Sunday, Trump’s approval rating sunk to below 40 percent, while those who disapprove of the president’s job stands at 58 percent.

    His approval rating stood at 45 percent one week prior, surpassing former President Barack Obama, whom Trump once mocked for having a “record low” Gallup approval rating of 39 percent in August 2011.

    Obama’s approval rating would later sink to a low of 40 percent, while Bush hit a low of 25 percent. Bill Clinton only sank to a 37 percent rating some five months into his first term, in June 1993, and Ronald Reagan dipped below it in January 1983, around a year after he took office.

    When Richard Nixon resigned, he stood at 24 percent in August 1973, as the Watergate scandal raged. The lowest job approval ever recorded by Gallup was 22 percent, the public’s assessment of Harry Truman’s performance in February 1952, during his second term.

    Trump entered office on 20 January with an approval rating of around 45 percent.

    The Gallup poll, which measures public opinion and attitudes, and has margin of error of ±3 percentage points, noted the economic confidence index was also down 3 points to 7.

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