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    Not Their President: Majority of Young Americans See Trump as 'Illegitimate'

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    A new GenForward poll released Friday has revealed that most adult Americans under 30 consider Donald Trump’s presidency as illegitimate.

    The survey, conducted February 16 through March 6 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, showed that most of 1,833 respondents aged 18-30 just can't deal with the fact that the real estate mogul and reality television star has become America's 45th president.

    As many as 57 percent of this age group see Trump's presidency as illegitimate for a wide range of reasons. Some believe that the whole election process was unfair; others bring up his nationalist rhetoric and policies.

    One respondent recalled Trump's campaign speeches in which he vowed he would make Mexico pay for the wall on the border with the US and referred to some Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.

    "You can't be saying that [if] you're the president," said 21-year-old Florida student Jermaine Anderson.

    "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."

    Trump showed to be slightly more popular among young white respondents, with 53 percent of them saying he was a legitimate president. However, even among that group, 55 percent are not satisfied with how he is performing as the new head of state.

    Overall, just 22 percent of young adults approve of Trump, while 62 percent disapprove. One of the poll participants who voted for Trump said he won mostly because his rival Hillary Clinton was even worse choice.

    "Obviously America wanted him more than Hillary Clinton," said 30-year-old Rebecca Gallardo, a nursing student from Missouri.

    Trump meanwhile attributes his success to winning such states as Michigan and Wisconsin — places Clinton may have taken for granted.

    According to another poll by Gallup, based on around 1,500 phone interviews with American adults, the president's approval rating has dropped to a record low 37 percent. Never has any US leader dipped to this point by March of their first term.

    Trump has surpassed former President Barack Obama, whom Trump once mocked for having a "record low" Gallup approval rating of 39 percent in August 2011.

    Trump entered office on 20 January with an approval rating of around 45 percent.    

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    • avatar
      terryjohnodgers
      1800 people under the age of 30 attending Chicago University do not speak for 320 million Americans! Their political view is about as important as a drop in the ocean!
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      jasin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago. lol Yep. Junk news form Sputnik.
    • avatar
      jas
      Interesting because I don't see the poll sample as legitimate citizens.
    • avatar
      Lickie Weeks
      Given how most under 30 something's wanted the Socialist Whack Job Bernie Sanders as their president, one can suggest they are not qualified to judge
      what makes a legitimate president, yet. Bernie Sanders would put everyone
      who disagrees with him in chains, if he ever got the power to do so.
    • Bodo
      Polls are rubbish. USA has 320 million citizen! Ant the poll ask only 1800?
      "Don't trust statistics you don't have manipulated on your own!" ;-)
    • avatar
      Hussite
      Well, it's too bad that a majority of "young Americans" are dumb.
    • Alan Reid
      There is most definitely a bias of some sort lurking in the Sputnik ranks... And why is it that i get this vibe from the stories without a contributor listed? I suppose i will have to keep the eyes open and the mind looking for the source of this feeling.
    • avatar
      Igor
      Problem is: Trump is a legitimate president...The Obama$$ was NOT. He was/is an OUTRIGHT LIE from the beginning to the end. The same goes for his (Obama's) man-wife.
    • avatar
      Darrell R
      Come on Sputnik! Are you just looking for the most unreliable of polls?
    • avatar
      Althea
      I agree with the Missouri nursing student: Punxsutawney Pete (the groundhog)) would have demolished Clinton. When Libs, Greens and Progressive Populists stay home, the Democratic Party has a problem.
    • avatar
      ivanwa88
      The headline is hardly befitting that compacted and sectionalized result 57% of Black persons under 30 are somewhat disgruntled? please that result is totally consistent with the Obama influence which was way higher in previous election around 80% the fact that its now almost 50/50 is a massive decline and it will continue to decline in the next election.
      Again hardly befitting the sensational headline which is the type designed in old days to sell newspapers rather than deliver a balanced opinion poor journalism and quite pathetic really.
    • Hermesin reply toQ(Show commentHide comment)
      Q,
      Sputnik always supports israeli policy so they are very much against Trump but they don't want anybody to realize that so they sneak in these kind of poll results to influence your opinion. They do the same with Marine le Pen and other patriot politicians.
    • support
      "Young adults under 30" if used in reference to Americans is a contradiction in terms. Those polled are still living at home with Mummy and Daddy or are on the Federal dole either as phoney Social Security Disability Income recipients for non-existent diseases (Asperger's syndrome is the big cash payola handout at the moment) or living the high life on student loans.

      Those with jobs, families and adult responsibilities were not available to poll as they were at work.
    • avatar
      michael
      and then wouldn't it be interesting if they actually interviewed people with analytical skills? :)
    • John Twining
      At what age does one really start to wake up and shake off the media's blanket 'programming' of our perception and judgement, if ever? Rarely before the age of 30, I'd say.
    • The Night Wind
      The majority of Americans under 30 get their information from dumbed-down schools and the corrupt media. Plus something like 1/4 of them are on drugs. Remember that this is the same group who think that Putin is another Hitler, but can't find Russia on a map.
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      Robert Klimenko
      The young Americans have been slowly and very sublime poisoned into culture marxist thinking. A lost generation!
    • AnomicDust
      Ethnic groups with highest birth rates don't identify with the national idea Trump represents. We are witnessing slow motion 'Ukrainization' of USA -- failure of melting pot idea.
    • avatar
      Marques rouges
      I find the ZOG is also illegitimate, but there are laws in Europe that prevent people to freely speak about it, so...
    • avatar
      maxxus
      Sad. Elections are a conflict resolution device. The snowflakes seem very confused about what's real and not real. Their parents and teachers have done them a real disservice.
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