Republican nominee Donald Trump may pose a serious challenge to Democrat Hillary Clinton with the US presidential election nearly a month away.
Many polls show the New York businessman closing in on the former Secretary of State. In a September Bloomberg poll, Trump surpassed Clinton by two two points at 43 percent.
However, when it comes to young people, Clinton seems to dominate over Trump. A poll conducted recently by GenForward shows that only 19 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 30 favor the mogul.
An August poll, published by New York magazine, had Clinton leading in the same age group, 41 percent to 9 percent. In fact,Trump trailed both Libertarian Gary Johnson (23 percent) and Green Party candidate Jill Stein (16 percent)
So why does the younger generation dislike Trump so much? Is his proposed ban on Muslim immigrants too toxic or do they see his plan to build a wall between the US and Mexico too costly or too immoral?
To find out, the Cardinal Times interviewed several Lincoln students to explore why Trump is so unpopular among young people.
Junior Sahil Salem says he “despises” Trump for his proposed ban on Muslims allowed to enter the United States.
Salem says “it’s very unwise to alienate an entire community of 1.6 billion people.” He adds that they can be “valuable partners in the fight against terrorism.”
Most Trump supporters disagree with Salem. According to Politico, about two in three Trumpists “dislike” American Muslims. An overwhelming 87 percent of his supporters back the Muslim ban proposal.
“Politics is the art of compromise. [Trump] doesn’t have an ounce of that in his body,” Salem says.
Other students question Trump’s background.
“I think the Republican nominee should have been a politician, not a businessman,” junior Keller Warfel says. He finds that Trump lacks the political experience that former Republican candidates have had.
If the billionaire becomes president, he would be the first one to have never held political office, except for Dwight D. Eisenhower. However, unlike Trump, Eisenhower served as General of the Army.
Warfel jokingly adds, “a businessman has no business being the Republican nominee.”
Like other anti-Trump students, Warfel disagrees with plans to build a wall on the border.
“A wall is an unrealistic and stupid solution to a problem we don’t have,” he says.
Danny Manzano, a sophomore of Mexican descent, offers similar views.
“[Trump’s illegal immigration policy] worries people that I know are part of the Hispanic community.They may be forced to return to Mexico,” he notes.
Manzano worries more over the mogul’s undocumented immigration plans rather than his proposed Muslim ban.
“The infrastructure of so many jobs is made up of immigrants,” he says, “if Trump were to make these policies against immigrants, the infrastructure would be destroyed.”
Manzano finds that many service jobs “[which] Americans don’t do” would be “left over,” because undocumented immigrants occupy them.
He believes “that Donald Trump is a smart person when it comes to economics, [but] his ideas in general are confusing and don’t have a lot of evidence to back them up.”
“He’s just a man who’s just in need of more cultural education of other places,” Manzano adds.
Junior Mani Mohtasham deems Trump’s Muslim ban “extremely offensive.” Mohtasham comes from a Muslim family, even though he does not practice Islam.
“I don’t understand how a person with that mentality is running to be president of the U.S.,” he says.
Mohtasham also asserts that Trump is racist to many other groups.
Junior Holden Lee holds similar positions. However, his first reason for disliking Trump is that few see how “juvenile and volatile his personality is.”
He points out that Trump “calls Clinton dishonest and insinuates that she changes her opinion to look good, when in fact that accurately describes his own behavior.”
Lee also dislikes Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from coming to the U.S. and is rattled that Trump’s “absurd ideas” get any support.
He says, “that 87 percent of Trump supporters are racist, close-minded bigots” in response to the statistic that the the 87 percent of Trumpists favor the billionaire’s plan to ban Muslims.
With polls constantly changing, it may be uncertain as to who will live in the White House come Jan. 20.