The Biden administration’s potential second term is facing serious issues with young voters as fears about the future of the Democrat party seems tenuous as the possibility of losing standing with Generation Z.
According to a report by The Hill, Biden’s approval rating has declined across all Democrats, and particularly with people under the age of 30, the trajectory is particularly dire.
According to a recent New York Times-Siena College poll, 94% of Democratic primary voters between the ages of 18 and 29 believe that the party should not select Biden in 2024.
Younger Democrats rallied around Biden, 79, to help him win the White House in 2020 despite the fact that he had never been their preferred choice. The president had backed important progressive policy ideas to address climate change and other challenges.
Now, according to the polls, they might completely turn against him out of irritation about Washington’s lack of action on issues like abortion rights and climate change.
“A lot of the young people that I’m talking to in particular right now are asking what the point is of having a Democratic trifecta if our rights are still being ripped away,” said Ellen Sciales, communications director at the youth climate activist group the Sunrise Movement. Like, what’s the point of voting? And obviously we’re pushing people to vote, but it’s going to make it so much harder for us to do our jobs,” she said.
Young voters gave Biden high scores at the beginning of his presidency. However, a Gallup survey conducted in April revealed that between the beginning of his presidency and this past March, Biden’s approval rating had fallen by 19 percentage points among millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) and by 21 percentage points among members of Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2004).
The president’s age is a major topic of discussion when it comes to Biden and young voters. Should he be elected again, he would be 81 when his second term as president began. But according to the New York Times, Biden’s work performance, not his age, is the main reason why young Democrats would prefer someone other to Biden in 2024. -Siena University poll.
Polling data indicates that young Democrats were least likely to point to Biden’s age as the primary reason for wanting new candidates in the field: “I think it’s about issues rather than age,” said Democratic strategist Eddie Vale.
“Remember when loving [the late Sen.] Robert Byrd when he opposed the war was hot? And Bernie obviously isn’t a spring chicken. But young people are dealing with the same overall economic issues that everyone is, but are worse for them because they don’t have savings, a home, career stability, etc.,” Vale said.