Millennial Evaluations of Donald Trump and the Future of American Politics

Donald Trump’s presidency has recently passed the six-month mark. Despite entering office with an approval rating of approximately 44%, growing concerns about Russian collusion, failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and inaction on campaign issues like tax reform and immigration have all contributed to a noticeable drop in public approval. A July poll from The Washington Post/ABC News put the president’s approval rating at 36%, prompting ABC news to call it “the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years.” Our findings show that disapproval of President Trump is even greater among young adults, particularly African American, Latinx and Asian American Millennials.

Figure 1 presents Donald Trump’s July approval and disapproval ratings for each racial and ethnic group among Millennials ages 18 to 34. As the figure shows, majorities in all racial/ethnic groups disapprove of Donald Trump’s performance as president. While not much has changed for African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinxs since our last analysis in May, disapproval among whites has increased from a plurality of 47% to a majority of 55%. CONT. – pdf