Poll: Young people strongly oppose Trump

Poll: Young people strongly oppose Trump
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Most younger Americans oppose President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE's agenda and majorities call him "racist," "dishonest" and "unfit" to be president, according to a poll released Friday by The Associated Press.

Just 33 percent of Americans between the ages of 15 and 34 approve of the president's performance in office, 9 points lower than the average of all adults in the same poll this month.


In addition, more than 6 in 10 younger Americans say Trump "is a racist" and is "generally dishonest," while 60 percent exactly say he is "mentally unfit" for the office of the president.

The poll also shows widespread support for progressive causes among this age bracket, including 60 percent who want the government to do more to fight climate change and 67 percent who want a health-care system in which “the government provides health insurance to all Americans.”

More than half also say they oppose Trump's signature campaign promise for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition, almost 70 percent say that undocumented immigrants should be given a path to legal citizenship in the U.S.

The GOP tax plan signed into law by Trump in December fared poorly in the poll as well, with just 22 percent support among younger Americans compared to 40 percent who said they opposed the measure.

These numbers come despite Trump's better-than-expected performance among young voters during the 2016 presidential election. Trump won about a third of millennial voters in 2016. Trump won 37 percent of young voters, while Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Groups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE won 55 percent, a 5-point-smaller gap than former President Obama won over Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyVoters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Congress set for chaotic year-end sprint Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls MORE in 2012.

The AP–NORC poll surveyed 1,027 Americans age 15–34 from Feb. 22 to March 9 in conjunction with MTV. The margin of error is 4.2 percentage points.