President Joe Biden is losing one of the key voter demographics for Democrats, namely, voters 30 years old and under.
This was a finding of a recent poll conducted by the New York Times and Siena College.
The Times cited the poll in a recent article titled Young Voters Are Fed Up With Their (Much) Older Leaders. The article is subtitled, “Led by politicians often three times their age, many voters under 30 are hungry for new blood and new ideas.”
Youngsters disapprove of Biden
One of the questions that the pollster asked was this: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president?”
Out of the 18-29 age group, only 1% chose “strongly approve.” 18% chose “somewhat approve;” 37% chose “somewhat disapprove,” 32% chose “strongly disapprove,” and 6% chose “don’t know/refused.”
That being said, Biden didn’t really get flattering approval numbers from any of the age groups. He did best with those 65 years old and above with 22% “strongly” approving of his job performance and 20% “somewhat” approving of it.
Another key finding
In addition to disapproving of the job that Biden is doing as president, young voters also indicated that they want a new Democratic presidential candidate for 2024.
The pollster found that an overwhelming 94% of Democrats under 30 years of age indicated that they want a different candidate than Biden to run in 2024. That’s as clear as it gets.
An engagement problem
For its report, the Times spoke with several voters who would fit into the “under 30” category. In general, the problem that they seem to have with Biden – and other older, Democratic Party leaders – is that they are not getting the job done.
Alexandra Chadwick, 22, for example, told the Times that she “now sees President Biden and other Democratic leaders as lacking both the imagination and willpower to fight back.”
The Times poll suggests that this could lead to an engagement problem in the midterm elections. Only 32% of those under-30 Democrat voters indicated that they’re “almost certain” to vote in November.
This, to say the least, is problematic for Democratic candidates who rely on this demographic to get them over the finishing line in elections.