Ring of Fire: Trump Driving Young People to Leave the Republican Party

Ring of Fire: Trump Driving Young People to Leave the Republican Party

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that more and more Americans are unhappy with their political party. Young Republicans were the most likely candidates to defect, with 23 percent of Republicans aged 18-29 jumping ship to the Democratic Party between December 2015 and March 2017. An additional 21 percent of that age group left the GOP only to return at some point. Pew’s research does not deal with voter registrations, rather it looks at which party someone identifies with or leans toward.

The study, which covered five separate surveys, saw that Trump’s job approval was a key factor in the shifting party dynamic. Republicans that remained loyal to the party gave the President an 84 percent job approval rating, likewise those who left the party had starkly unfavorable views of Trump. 84 percent of those that left the GOP disapproved of Trump’s job performance.

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