Dem pollster: Older baby boomers taking 'a demographic last stand'

Democratic pollster Silas Lee said on Wednesday that baby boomers are living in a climate of uncertainty due to rapid social and economic changes. 

"We are observing a demographic last stand, whereby many voters who were born in the late '40s, they are in a climate of uncertainty, in particular, they feel economic anxiety, social anxiety," Lee, a sociologist and professor at Xavier University of Louisiana, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"America has moved away from protecting them to exposing them to more social and economic uncertainty. Uncertainty seems to be baked in, and that has created not only economic anxiety, but also a sense of 'we're losing something,' and they have to blame someone," he continued. 

"So we see economic and racial tensions, and [for] a lot of people born in the '40s, immigration was not on the table. Technology was not on the table. They are living in a period of rapid social change," he said. 

A majority of older Americans voted for President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE in the 2016 presidential election, with 53 percent of Americans over the age of 50 supporting the president, and 44 percent supporting his opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE, according to AARP.

Lee's comments come as a new poll from American Barometer, a new joint project by Hill.TV and HarrisX, showed the president's approval rating among Americans 65 years and older at 51 percent, while only 38 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds said they approved of Trump. 

— Julia Manchester