The newest generation of voters are more energized to vote in the midterm election than it’s been in previous cycles, although a recent poll discovered it’s not for President Donald Trump or the Republican Party. The survey was released on Monday by Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, which shows a more politically mobilized crop of young Americans leaning away from Trump and the GOP in the midterms in near-equal proportions, even though the majority party’s core issues, such as immigration, jobs and the economy, rank as their primary concerns.
During the same time, 18-to-29-year-old respondents are more aligned with some progressive policies,although they haven’t fully embraced the title of “Democratic Socialist” that apply to politicians such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders or New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Critics of the president were to rather quick to present serious implications from the poll. CNBC reports that Bill Kristol, founder of The Weekly Standard and often chastised as a “Never Trumper” by the president’s allies, said the GOP needs to “dump Trump” if it wants a future.He tweeted saying: “Trump approval-disapproval among voters 18 to 29 is 26-68. Republicans in Congress approval-disapproval among voters 18 to 29 is 25-68. Trump is the GOP to young voters. Only hope for a Republican future: Dump Trump.”
According to the study, which collected responses from more than 2,000 people, forty percent of Americans under the age of 30 claim they will “definitely vote in the upcoming elections.” The Washington Post reported that the response from voters is higher than polls in the past two midterm elections.
Almost twice as many respondents identified with the Democratic Party over the GOP — 41 percent to 21 percent, while 35 percent said they were unaffiliated or independents.That gap widened even more when they were asked about Trump’s job as president – 68 percent say they disapprove of Trump’s performance after nearly two years in office, compared to the 26 percent who do approve.
The survey shows roughly the same crooked ratings for congressional Republicans as well with twenty-five percent of respondents approving the GOP’s job performance in Congress, while 68 percent disapprove. The gap among likely voters increased to 22 percent who approve, while 75 percent disapprove. Democrats in Congress were given a more even split, though a 53 percent majority still disapprove of their performance.