Many on the left had long thought that younger voters would be a major force in helping the Democratic Party hold on to power in 2022 and beyond. But new polling data suggests even President Joe Biden can’t win over America’s youngest generation.
G. Elliott Morris, a U.S. correspondent for The Economist, shared Thursday a breakdown of the data from a new survey by The Economist and YouGov, which he said showed “a huge dropoff in support for Biden among young people.”
“The decrease really is quite stunning,” Morris wrote in a tweet, noting that Biden has seen a 50-point approval drop among voters under the age of 30 since the first poll was conducted on Jan. 26.
Here is my piece on our YouGov/Economist data showing a huge dropoff in support for Biden among young people. The decrease really is quite stunning: -50 points on net approval since January 26th (our first survey of his presidency).https://t.co/x5Ss0aB7sv
— G. Elliott Morris (@gelliottmorris) December 16, 2021
“A confluence of factors” at work
Morris acknowledged that the ongoing drop in support for the president among young voters still isn’t fully understood. “The precise reason for the decline is hard to nail down,” he said in a series of tweets.
“It’s most likely that there’s a confluence of factors that make Biden appear as not progressive enough for young adults (which is probably true?) that have driven down their views of him as the contrast [versus] Trump wanes,” Morris suggested.
The writer went on to express skepticism toward claims that Biden’s trouble with young voters is primarily because of his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For one thing, Biden’s approval on how he’s handling [the pandemic] is higher than for any other issue,” Morris pointed out in a tweet. “But it also doesn’t explain why young people, who are less impacted by [COVID-19], would be more affected attitudinally.”
Biden gets low marks on crime, inflation
Morris’ article features a line graph showing that voters under 30 have exhibited the sharpest drop in support for Biden, followed closely by voters between the ages of 30 and 44.
However, Biden’s problems are not limited to younger voters. The polling aggregate published by FiveThirtyEight gives the president an overall approval rating of just 43.9%.
The president appears to be doing particularly poorly with voters when it comes to his handling of issues like crime and the economy.
Fox News cited an ABC/Ipsos poll last week that found only 36% of Americans approve of how Biden has handled growing levels of disorder on the nation’s streets. What’s more, just 28% say he is doing a good job with regard to inflation.