President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters come from the oldest generation of Americans, according to survey data, and a significant portion of those who approve of the president are unlikely to be around to vote for him in 2020.
According to Pew Research, just “three-in-ten Gen Zers and Millennials (30% and 29%, respectively) approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president”, but those numbers increase with age.
By comparison, “38% of Gen Xers, 43% of Boomers and 54% of Silents” approve of Trump’s handling of the job.
Similarly, while majorities in Gen Z and the Millennial generation say government should do more to solve problems, rather than that government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, Gen Xers and Boomers are more evenly divided on this issue. For their part, most Silents would like to see a less activist government.
The Bulwark noted the same trend as it concluded the “Republican party is going to have to adapt or die.”
Let’s start with the orange elephant in the room. The youngs don’t like Donald Trump. The only generation that gives him a majority approval rating is the “silent” generation (those born before 1945). After that, Trump’s approval numbers by generation are downright grim. boomers: 43 percent; Gen-X: 38 percent; millennials: 29 percent; Gen-Z: 30 percent.
Taking these trends to their natural conclusion, The Bulwark pointed out that there are serious implications for Trump — and Republicans — in the upcoming election:
Trump’s strongest cohort is people aged 73 to 90 in 2018. Some non-trivial percentage of those folks—probably upward of 5 percent—won’t be around even in November 2020.