A new AP-NORC/MTV poll confirms what most of us believed we already knew: Donald Trump is solidly less popular among millennial voters than he is among older generations. While 67 percent of Americans between the ages of 15 and 34 disapprove of Trump’s job performance, just 33 percent approve of it, according to the poll. The AP writes:
That’s 9 points lower than all adults, who were asked the same question on a separate AP-NORC survey taken this month.
“Trump doesn’t care about us,” said 27-year-old Nicole Martin, an African-American graduate student in Missoula, Montana. “I’m not going to say he’s unfit like he has schizophrenia. I do kind of think he’s twisted in the head. He just comes off as disgusting to me.”
According Civiqs data of 18- to 34-year-olds, those trend lines have remained remarkably steady since the 2016 election.
But it’s not just Trump—the disgust is transferring to the Republican Party overall as it’s now defined by Trump. Following the March For Our Lives rally last weekend, journalist Alicia Menendez told MSNBC that the young marchers she interviewed found the Republican Party itself objectionable.
I was talking to all these young teen girls. They’re all registered, preregistered—they’re all registered as Democrats. When you talk about why they are registering as Dems, they don’t talk about Trump, they talk about the Republican party and the failures they see there. So there is a long-term legacy issue for the party that’s bigger than just this midterm.
Indeed a further check of Civiqs data this week found that 18- to 34-year-old voters found Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and the Republican Party equally objectionable—all of them garnering a resoundingly consistent 65 percent or greater unfavorable rating.
That’s not just any generation, folks: that’s the generation of voters that will surpass Baby Boomers as having the largest number of eligible voters by 2 percentage points in 2018 and by 6 percentage points in 2020. From there, it will only get worse—or better, depending on which way you look at it.