Harvard poll: Millennials pessimistic about country's future

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

The Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics (IOP) released this week it's Fall 2017 youth poll, a national poll of America's 18- to 29-year-olds.

With less than one year to go before the 2018 congressional midterm elections, almost two-thirds of likely voters said they hope to see Democrats take control on Capitol Hill - about twice as many who said they'd like to see Republicans retain leadership, according to a new poll.

"American political institutions are at a tipping point", said John Della Volpe, IOP polling director, in a statement. "Millennials are now the largest generation in the electorate".

"Unless the current Republican Party, in my opinion, begins by making the current tax bill more friendly to millennials and the Democratic Party begins listening to and empowering young people, the fear that is evident throughout this poll and other recent research will soon turn to fuel that, I believe, could upend the Washington class and politics as we know it", he told reporters. "The only question is whether this comes from inside or outside the traditional party structure".

The poll also found that President Donald Trump's approval rating has taken a dive: Trump's job approval rating sits at 25 percent, a 7-point decrease since Harvard's Spring poll. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.05 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

Not only are young adults fearful of the America's future, they actively think the country is headed on the wrong track. However, when an accused congressman is a member of the GOP, 54 percent of Republicans want the congressman to resign, compared to 82 percent of Democrats, the study found.

About a third, or 34 percent, said they believe that the Democratic Party cares about younger voters and 21 percent said they believe the Republican Party cares about people like them, according to the survey's results.

Almost four in five (79%) young Americans register concern about the state of race relations in the country today, a five-point increase over the past year. The percent of young whites who felt under attack "a lot" remained stagnant at 15%, while the percent of young blacks who felt under attack "a lot" increased from 62% to 68% and the percent of young Hispanics increased by more than half, from 30% to 46%.