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Only 1 in 4 young voters approve of Trump, Harvard poll finds

Only one in four people age 18 to 29 approve of President Trump, a Harvard survey found.
Only one in four people age 18 to 29 approve of President Trump, a Harvard survey found.Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Two-thirds of young people say they are more fearful than hopeful about the country’s future, and only one in four approve of President Trump, according to a recently released poll conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

The poll of 18- to 29-year-olds also found that only 14 percent believed that America was on the right track.

Among those likely to vote, 65 percent said they would prefer to see Democrats control Congress after the 2018 midterm elections.

Young Democrats were also more engaged politically than at the same time during the 2014 midterm cycle, the institute said in a statement. The percentage of Democrats who considered themselves politically engaged was up 8 points to 32 percent, while the percentage of Republicans who considered themselves engaged was down 7 points to 24 percent.


The poll of 2,037 people was conducted between Oct. 31 and Nov. 10. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. It’s the 34th major poll by the institute since 2000, the university said. The results were released last week.

John Della Volpe, the institute’s polling director, said in a statement when the poll was released that younger voters’ fears would “soon be turned into the fuel that will reform our government. The only question is whether this comes from inside or outside the traditional party structure.”

Della Volpe tweeted Tuesday night that the Alabama Senate race showed younger voters should not be ignored. In that race, Democrat Doug Jones garnered 60 percent of the votes of those 18 to 29, while scandal-plagued Republican Roy Moore received 38 percent, the Washington Post reported, citing exit polling. Voters 30 to 44 also favored Jones, 61 percent to 38 percent.

“I have a new answer to the question: Why does it matter what #Millennials think?’’ Della Volpe tweeted. “Not as many voted as older generations, but when it’s a 2/3 generation (or in Alabama 60/40) — a little goes a long way.’’


Younger voters also helped propel a Democrat to victory in November’s Virginia governor’s race, according to exit polls.

Della Volpe said in the statement that he saw those numbers as a sign of rising motivation.

Martin Finucane can be reached at Martin.Finucane@Globe.com