The bad news continues to pile up for Republicans as a new poll has found that millennials are power President Obama’s job approval rating to a new three-year high.
According to a new Pew Research poll, millennials are flexing their political muscles and boosting Obama’s approval ratings:
With Obama’s overall approval rating at 51%, the highest in nearly three years – the generation gap in approval is among the widest since he took office in 2009.
About six-in-ten (62%) Millennials (adults born after 1980) approve of the job Obama is doing. By comparison, half of Generation Xers (born 1965-1980), 43% of Boomers (born 1946-1964) and just 37% of Silents (born 1928-1945) offer positive ratings of the president’s job performance.
The Pew poll contains bad news for Republicans on two fronts. First, millennials remain solidly in the column of Democrats, and secondly, the rising popularity of President Obama may take the 2016 presidential election from difficult to nearly impossible for Republicans to win. The Obama coalition is alive and well, and it is reasonable to expect that these voters will come together to support the Democratic nominee in the fall.
The Republican Party needs to attract more women, African-Americans, millennials, and Hispanics to have a chance of taking back the White House. Unfortunately for the GOP, Donald Trump is the wrong candidate to make the argument to these voters.
President Obama trails only Bill Clinton regarding job approval at this point in their respective presidencies. Obama has equaled Ronald Reagan’s approval rating and is ahead of George W. Bush among modern era two-term presidents.
Obama is flourishing at a time when Republicans are trying to convince voters that the country needs a change in direction with a slate of presidential contenders that may be the most unlikable in recent American political history.
With Obama’s popularity surging, while their frontrunner is on the verge of collapse, the Republican Party continues to get drilled with bad news. Democrats have the momentum as younger Americans are appreciating the job that Obama has done as president.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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