Pollster: Trump's 2016 victory gives hope to younger Dems who lack political experience

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's 2016 electoral victory is an indication that American voters are more interested in a candidate’s ability to claim the mantle of political change than in their past experience, possibly indicating a roadmap for both parties, pollster Mallory Newall told Hill.TV.

“What we saw with President Trump in 2016 that there is a certain appetite for an anti- establishment candidate,” Newall, the director of research at Ipsos Public Affairs, said on Tuesday’s broadcast of “What America’s Thinking.”

Prior to his election, Trump was real estate mogul, businessman and host of NBC's “The Apprentice.” He was the first person elected president who had no political or military experience.

Trump’s lack of experience and frequent attacks on Republican leaders contributed to many GOP political operatives and politicians opposing his candidacy during the party’s last White House primary. Former presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate confirms Trump pick labeled 'not qualified' by American Bar Association Republicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members Collins opposes Trump's district court pick MORE (Maine), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware Senators urge FERC to protect critical infrastructure from Huawei threats Senators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing MORE (Colo.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records Republicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial MORE (Alaska) were among those who said they would not support Trump for president in 2016.

According to Newall, Trump's victory could point the way for younger Democratic presidential candidates, showing that successfully portraying themselves as “agents of change” could be the path to victory.

“What matters is whether candidates are able to connect with voters on being a change agent and portraying themselves as someone that is outside the system and will be able to shake up the system in Washington,” Newall told host Jamal Simmons.

The 2020 Democratic primary already includes multiple establishment candidates, including governors and senators, as well as less well-known ones such as entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangHarris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment fight shifts to House Judiciary MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary LGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Poll: 2020 general election remains wide open MORE. Yang has never held a political office, and Buttigieg, at 37, would be the youngest person ever elected to the presidency if he wins.

—Amelia Morel