Millennials think things in the country are off on the wrong track but at the same time, they’re optimistic about their own futures, according to a new NBC News/GenForward survey.
Nearly two-thirds of millennials (63 percent) think things in this country are off on the wrong track. Only 18 percent think the country is generally headed in the right direction, and another 18 percent aren’t sure.
Sixty-three percent of millennials also disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling his job, with nearly half (46 percent) saying they strongly disapprove. Only two in 10 (19 percent) approve of Trump.
Even among those millennials who said they voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, 22 percent disapprove of him now.
At the same time, a majority of millennials (61 percent) disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.
Millennials also hold an unfavorable view of the Republican Party (62 percent). Only a quarter (24 percent) have a favorable view of the GOP.
The Democratic Party is viewed more favorably, but millennials overall are still split — 44 percent favorable to 43 percent unfavorable.
There’s also a racial divide when it comes to the Democratic Party. African-American millennials view the party more favorably (65 percent) than any other racial subgroup. Majorities of Asian-Americans (57 percent) and Latinos (52 percent) also view the Democratic Party favorably, but only 34 percent of white millennials have a favorable impression of the party, with 56 percent holding an unfavorable opinion.
Still, 85 percent of millennials overall agree that the government is run by a few big interests looking out for themselves and their friends. That attitude is shared across racial subgroups.
When it comes to voting, candidates’ positions on the issues are much more important to millennials overall (71 percent) than their personal qualities (22 percent) or party affiliation (5 percent). This suggests that millennials care more about policy than politics and could translate to their lack of excitement about either party.
There is a slight difference among African-American millennials. They care more about a candidate’s personal qualities (29 percent) than do Latinos (23 percent), whites (21 percent) and Asian-Americans (19 percent). Still, six in 10 African-Americans said a candidate’s positions on the issues is most important in deciding for whom to vote.