We asked more than 1,800 young people what they think is the biggest issue facing America, and the most popular answer was Trump

Editor's note: Business Insider surveyed 1,884 young Americans about their buying attitudes and beliefs. This is part of a series of stories that will be rolled out over the next several weeks.
Donald Trump Jr. tried to woo the youth during a rally in February, encouraging young conservatives not to let themselves "be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth."
But, according to Business Insider's recent survey of 1,884 young people, much of Generation Z isn't having it. In fact, many of the respondents listed US President Donald Trump when asked to identify "the most important issue facing the country right now."
Participants in the survey were all Americans between the age of 13 and 21. The national poll was conducted with SurveyMonkey Audience partner Cint on behalf of Business Insider. It ran from January 11 through January 14. Out of those participants, 1,559 young people answered the question about the biggest issue facing the country, while 325 opted to skip it.
All in all, a total of 295 young people indicated that Trump was the biggest problem facing the nation. That's just over 5% of the individuals who answered the write-in question, but it was by far the most popular response. 
Even the second and third most popular answers were closely connected to the president's actions. The runner-up response was "the government shutdown," which proved to be the most important issue for 183 respondents. And issues surrounding Trump's proposed border wall were significant for 123 young people.
What's more, many of the participants were scathing in their comments about Trump.
"Trump thinks he can do whatever he wants and doesn't care about who he hurts," one young person wrote in their response.
Another respondent accused Trump of being "a selfish president who blackmails the country in order to get his way."
Other adjectives bandied about were "stupid," "disgusting, and "incompetent," while a different person accused Trump of "caging up literal children."
But the responses included a few pro-Trump outliers. Out of the 295 responses mentioning Trump or "the president" more generally, two appeared to take more of an issue with Trump's detractors.
One participant wrote that "people not supporting the president" was the biggest issue in the US today, while another agreed that the fact that "people don't like our president" was a significant problem.
The results of the survey aren't exactly surprising, considering Trump's relative unpopularity with young people. In January 2019, the Pew Research Center found that only 30% of Generation Z approves of the president's performance, significantly lower than his overall approval rating.
Of course, Trump does have some support among younger generations, as evidenced by the thousands of young attendees at the pro-Trump Turning Point USA's Student Action Summit this year.
But, on whole, the numbers might give pause to politicians of the Trumpian strain as Generation Z continues to reach the voting age.
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  1. I have some advice for anybody reading this:

    If you're not given access to the raw data, ignore it as propaganda. There's absolutely NO REASON you're not given access to all the responses, and all the questions, and precisely how they were answered.

    In a completely made up poll which is entirely fabricated, it would take time and effort and money to produce 1,800 fraudulent answers. In a poll which was actually conducted, it would take minutes, require nearly no effort, and would immediately give the story credibility.

    I don't believe this article. Unless a credible reason can be given to prevent the reader from seeing the raw data, that seems like evidence this is fabricated at worst, and misleading at best. But I cannot check, and what is the purpose of making it impossible for me to verify claims?

    Not enough room on the Internet?

    Be cautious with what you are told the "other generation" believes. The youngest generation has some of the most informed people ever at that age. I'm not saying they are generally more informed than somebody that has 4 decades of experience on this planet, I'm saying they are more informed than somebody that was 20, 2 decades ago - far more informed.

    You are lied to about what they believe constantly because they will be a threat. By the time they are 40, they'll have less belief in "the news" than I do, and I view it as complete propaganda. They may be very ignorant still, but they beat your average seasoned adult in one way - they are far more skeptical.

  2. The same petulant ignoramus children, who probably think AOC, (aka, Chiquita Kruschev), is on the DNCs Primary List to run for president in 2020.

  3. POPULAR. Yes, the whole world will be deceived. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyGNZ_AG2cM

  4. 13 year olds? Really? I don't see people as being in a position to have developed a rational view on politics until they have left college and are living in the real world. When you have loans to repay, expenses such as housing and food that the folks aren't paying for anymore and possibly a spouse and children, your world view shifts by a big margin. Maybe at that point you start worrying more about the trillions of dollars in national debt, rising taxes and the passing of laws that allow government employees to demand access to your home without a warrant (code enforcement, county tax assessor, etc).

    The president doesn't really have as much power as people think. Just look at how many thing President Trump has tried to do that were shut down by congress. When he had just taken office and wanted states to do an assessment on their voter roles to look for fraud, he was told to go pound sand. That was a gutsy move since it could have worked out against him and ruined any of his authority going forward even if he was allowed to remain as President.

  5. Like the age limit on purchasing guns, I think the age of voting needs to be raised as well. People will say that it's wrong. I don't. If you're not mature and responsible enough to own a gun, then you should not be allowed to vote. Votes are just as dangerous as guns.

  6. Agree. Also with some people, regardless of age, they are easily influenced. "The Kool-Aid is strong in them".

  7. As meaningful employment becomes more scarce, and inflation makes comfortable living more difficult to afford, the general population of Americans are leaning toward Socialist policies, regardless of age. I recently met a man in the parking lot of a grocery store in Arkansas who had to be in his late 60s or early 70s. He appeared to be in perfect health as he gave me a jump with his car that was so new, he didn't know how to open the hood. He told me he he didn't work because he was on disability. Social Security may not suffice in a nation where 90 percent of seniors over 70 file bankruptcy. Disability has become the new form of unemployment compensation since the federal government stopped supporting endless unemployment benefits.
    Working poor families are becoming dependent on some form of government assistance. Many young people can no longer see any light at the end of the tunnel. Off shored jobs, liberal immigration and Affirmative Action policies may be to blame, but with no confidence in resolving these problems, many young people are considering joining the Socialist masses, who want to tax the rich and live off the spoils because they cannot feed themselves and their children in today's capitalist system. This may be like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire, but Americans on the frying pan are going to jump.

  8. very suspect of surveys. Currently over half a decade in years and have never been offered to take a survey. Have friends in the same boat to!!!!

  9. If you are mature and responsible enough to own a gun to fight in wars, then you're mature and responsible enough to own a gun and be allowed to vote..

  10. Sure. If we were talking about the 1700's. Imagine being 26 and signing the Declaration of Independence, most kids today can't handle a credit card or balance a checkbook.

  11. Upvoting your own post is pretty tacky, troll.

  12. "News is that which someone, somewhere does not want revealed. Everything else is advertising." So the obvious question is what are 'they' selling? Examples: Trump = BAD; Unregulated immigration = GOOD; Having someone else pay for you to live = GOOD; and US foreign policy of illegal wars, murder, and mayhem = DON'T ASK.

  13. "There are liars, damned liars, and statisticians." (Mark Twain)

  14. the indoctrination camps aka public education institutions, ran by communists aka teachers pretending to teach.. are BRAINWASHING the minds of the youth with useless pc crap!


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