Reagan McCarthy, a 20-year-old student at Penn State University who identifies as a conservative, is not sure she can trust Donald Trump.
“There is a lot of uncertainty,” she said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February. “You never really know what his next move is going to be.”
But with House Speaker Paul Ryan, McCarthy says she knows what to expect.
“I really trust Paul Ryan because I know what his agenda is — repealing Obamacare, fixing the tax code, pulling people out of poverty,” she said. “It’s very straight and narrow.”
McCarthy is like many next-generation conservatives. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, 52 percent of 18- to 39-year-old Republicans said they are more likely to side with congressional Republicans than with Trump.
“Younger Republicans (those under 40) are the only subgroup of Republicans who say they are more inclined to trust Republican congressional leaders over Trump in the…