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Young People In Trump Counties Back President

A poll conducted among young people aged 18 to 29 who voted in counties won by President Donald Trump in the election has found that close to 57 percent of respondents approve of the job he is doing.

Echelon Insights found in its survey that young people in Trump counties were the most likely to say the country was heading in the right direction, The Huffington Post reported.

The poll was conducted among 1,000 people from March 19 to March 21 in counties which shifted from backing former President Barack Obama in 2012 to support Trump in 2016. It also interviewed young voters in counties where Trump's margin of victory increased by 20 percent or more from the victory obtained by Republican candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.

"[T]he 18-29 cohort actually approved the most of Trump's performance in office so far," Victor Tolomeo of Echelon Insights told The Post.

The figure expressing approval of Trump's performance included those who strongly approved and others who approved somewhat.

Of those polled, 36 percent either strongly or somewhat disapproved of his performance.

The age group giving Trump the strongest disapproval rating was voters aged 30 to 39, where Trump got 45 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval.

However, The Post points out that the number of voters aged 18 to 29 who backed Trump nationwide is relatively small; 36 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds backed the Republican, against 55 percent who chose Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The results contrast starkly with a survey released March 20 by the University of Chicago and The Associated Press, which found that 57 percent of people aged 18 to 30 thought Trump's presidency was illegitimate. Unlike the Echelon survey, this poll was not restricted to counties in which Trump won in the election.

The poll, which surveyed 1,833 people between Feb. 16 and March 6, found that 74 percent of black respondents, 60 percent of Asian-American respondents, and 71 percent of Latino respondents viewed Trump as illegitimate, Time reported.

Overall, Trump's numbers in the polls are declining. The Washington Post reported that the first Gallup daily tracker poll to be published since the Republicans' health care bill was abandoned put Trump's approval rating at 36 percent. This is lower than Obama's Gallup approval rating was at any point during his eight years in office.

Gallup pointed out that the low polling figure is not unprecedented, since former presidents Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and both George Bushes had approval ratings of 35 percent or less at some point during their presidencies. But no other president's approval numbers have reached so low at such an early point in their presidency.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Time, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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