Washington, March 21: The popularity of the President of the United States of America Donald Trump has hit a new low in a poll conducted at the University of Chicago. The 57 per cent young respondents in the survey termed the Presidency of Donald Trump as ‘illegitimate’.
The ‘GenForward’ survey, conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, suggests that young Americans have disapproved of the performance of the President Donald Trump. They seemed concerned with the trajectory adopted by the Trump Administration to govern the most powerful country on the Earth. The survey questioned the participants about the first 50 days of the Trump Administration.
In a slew of controversial decisions, Donald Trump tried to ban the entry of the immigrants from the war-stricken countries in the Middle East. The executive order passed earlier in January banned the entry of the citizens of seven countries including Syria, Iran, Iraq and Libya. However, the executive order was temporarily blocked by a Federal Judge in Seattle.
The results of the survey show that majorities of African Americans (71 percent), Asian Americans (69 percent), Latino/as (72 percent) and whites (55 percent) disapprove of Donald Trump’s performance so far as president. The poll also suggests that the policies and the demeanour of President Donald Trump have been seen by the people racial ethnicities in bad taste.
The poll, according to the report, is “a nationally representative survey of over 1,750 young adults aged 18-30 conducted bimonthly.”
The report notes, however, that this number varies widely among ethnic and racial lines: Majority of whites (53 percent) says Trump is a legitimate president, while only 25 percent of African-Americans, 36 percent of Asian-Americans, and 28 percent of Latino as agree.
By contrast, majorities of young adults of colour including 74 percent of African-Americans, 60 per cent of Asian-Americans, 71 percent of Latino as say that Trump is an illegitimate president, a view shared by fewer (47 percent) whites.
Thus, the concerns that young people of colour have about Trump are widespread and extend to basic considerations about the legitimacy of his presidency. The survey also asked young Americans if they believe the country is headed “off on the wrong track” or “in the right direction.” “68 percent of African-Americans and Asian-Americans, 64 percent of Latino/as, and 61 percent of whites say that things in this country are off on the wrong track,” the report says.
The survey also portrays that the President Donald Trump is losing his popularity among young Americans at a very fast rate.
(With inputs from PTI)