Poll: Millennials liked Trump’s populist inauguration speech

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Despite claims that Trump’s speech was dark, millennials found it positive and agreed with it. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The media claimed that President Trump’s inauguration speech was dark, painted pessimistic view on American life, and didn’t single out how he’d help various identity groups. Despite the gloomy narrative created by the press, a new poll suggests millennials really liked it and agreed with his key points.

An Economist/YouGov poll released on Thursday found that 55 percent of millennials thought Trump’s inauguration speech to be either very good or average. By contrast, only 37 percent didn’t like the President’s first address to the nation.

A whopping 50 percent of young Americans found the speech to be optimistic to just 29 percent who agreed with the mainstream media and said it was dark and pessimistic.

On the most controversial sections of the speech, more millennials found themselves agreeing with the new President than disagreeing.

The most popular part of his speech was when he said “for too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.” A total of 52 percent of millennials agreed and just 17 percent disagreed

Nearly as many agreed to the part of Trump speech where he said, “For too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.”

A plurality, 38 percent, agreed that free trade and military intervention had hurt America while making other countries rich and supported the principle of “America First.” 30 percent disagreed with those statements. Another 31 percent were unsure how they felt.

It proves that if Trump governs by the principles in his inaugural address, he has room to grow support among millennials.


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