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New Poll of Millennials Questions Trump’s Very Legitimacy

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57 percent of young adults, including three-quarters of black respondents and large majorities of Latinos and Asians, see Donald Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, according to a GenForward poll of 1,833 adults age 18 to 30. The poll was conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research between February 16 and March 6.

A breakdown of these results showed that a slim majority of young whites consider Trump a legitimate president, but a large number still view his job performance negatively.

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The poll also revealed that 43 percent of its respondents believe Trump is doing poorly in terms of the policies he’s put forward. 53 percent of African American adults surveyed ranked his performance as “very bad” compared to 43 percent of Asian American respondents, 44 percent of Latino respondents, and 39 percent of white respondents. Only 8 percent of all respondents ranked his performance as “very good,” with the highest number––12 percent––from white respondents.

51 percent of the survey’s respondents do not believe Trump “acts presidential.” 62 percent of African American respondents view Trump’s demeanor negatively compared to 58 percent of Asian American respondents, 50 percent of Latino respondents and 48 percent of white respondents. By contrast, only 6 percent of all adults surveyed viewed Trump’s demeanor positively. 8 percent of whites give Trump a favorable rating in this department. Only 2 percent of African Americans and 2 percent of Asian Americans believe Trump behaves as a president should.

“That’s who we voted for. And obviously America wanted him more than Hillary Clinton,” said Rebecca Gallardo, a 30-year-old nursing student from Kansas City, Missouri, who voted for Trump. “I do not like him as a person,” she admitted, saying she voted for him because she did not trust Clinton. “I felt like there wasn’t much choice.”

Jermaine Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida, whose parents hail from Jamaica, says that Trump’s often incendiary comments about immigrants stopped him from supporting him in the general election. While he believes Trump’s business background is enough to qualify him for the presidency, he suggests that Trump has not yet earned legitimacy. “You can’t be saying that [if] you’re the president… I’m thinking, he’s saying that most of the people in the world who are raping and killing people are the immigrants. That’s not true,” he said.

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