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March 28, 2017

Young people in ‘Trump Country’ express highest levels of presidential job approval, poll finds

A survey of registered voters in "Trump Country" released this week found approval of the president is highest among young people.

The poll, conducted by Echelon Insights, surveyed 1,000 registered voters in counties that flipped from Obama to Trump and counties where Trump's margin of victory was more than 20 points higher than Romney's in 2012.

Among respondents aged 18-29, nearly 57 percent expressed approval of "the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President," making them the age cohort that registered the highest level of approval. That number includes respondents who approved of Trump's job performance both "strongly" and "somewhat." A full 40 percent of young people surveyed strongly approved of the way Trump is handling the job.

The youngest voters in the survey also disapproved of the president at the lowest level — only 35.5 percent either strongly or somewhat disapproved of the way he's handing the job.

Their approval even surmounted the levels of approval among voters over the age of 50, a demographic often characterized as Trump's most loyal base of support. Fifty-one percent of voters aged 50-64 and 65 and older approved of the way Trump is handling the job, according to the poll.

When asked whether Trump is "doing a better job as President than you expected, doing worse than you expected, or is he doing about what you expected he would do," more than 40 percent of the survey's youngest respondents said he's doing better. That number is significantly higher than the 19 percent of the 30-39 age group, 24 percent of the 40-49 age group, and 20 percent of people in cohorts over the age of 50 who said the same.

The poll, conducted Mar. 19-21, also found higher optimism among young voters in Trump Country, with nearly 60 percent expressing their belief that the country is "headed in the right direction." That's more than ten points higher than the next highest age group, 48 percent of people aged 50-64. On that particular question, respondents aged 18-29 also expressed the least uncertainty, with only 1 percent saying they were unsure of their answer. In comparison, nearly 17 percent of people aged 40-49 said the same.

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