White House Reporter Naomi Lim has an interesting piece discussing young American voters and how they appear to be less and less interested in President Joe Biden, which does not bode well for the 2024 election if he plans to run for reelection.
Not only does that mean potential bad news for 2024, the very same feelings among young voters could also impact the 2022 elections in which Republicans are hoping for a ‘Red Wave’ to take over Democrat seats as much as possible.
With support wavering from the younger up and coming voters looking forward to their future, this could impact the Democratic Party for years.
Lim, who posted her findings on Washington Examiner, gathered information from online polls done by the Economist and YouGov.
On average, fewer than 3 in 10 adults under the age of 30 approve of Biden’s job performance as president, and a majority disapproves, according to online polling conducted by the Economist and YouGov. Biden’s net negative 21 approval rating with the demographic is his worst among any age group, the organizations found. On top of that, Biden has a net negative 17 rating among people aged between 30 and 44.
The Economist-YouGov findings suggest Biden’s popularity is dropping fastest with younger people, who earlier this year rewarded him with a net 32 approval rating. Biden currently has a negative 5 rating among adults aged 45 to 64, and a negative 8 with those 65 and older.
Why are people in that age group finding themselves less supportive of Joe Biden? Is he too old and out of touch? Does he make too many gaffes that turn people away from his line of thought, whatever that may be? Does that age group associate the fledgling economy and inflation with Joe Biden and think to themselves “we do not need any more of this?” That remains to be seen.
Were these polls just some random polls that targeted Trump supporters or one-off type of things? According to Lim, it certainly does not seem that way.
Lim continued her report:
The Economist-YouGov polling is not an outlier, aligning with Quinnipiac University data. In Quinnipiac’s first national survey of Biden’s presidency in February, 18- to 34-year-olds gave him a net 12 approval rating while he scored a net 15 rating from 35- to 49-year-olds. That plummeted to a net negative 10 among the former and a negative 21 with the latter last month.
And the numbers should concern Democrats before next year’s midterm elections, as they bode poorly for 2022 turnout, a cycle in which the party will try to defend its slim congressional majorities against a historical trend that indicates it will shed seats.
That does not look good for the Democratic Party in general. It seems like they might have made some mistakes by focusing too much on regaining power and opposing Donald Trump, when the Democrats could have been working more diligently with the president leading up to the election of 2020, then letting the cards fall where they may. At the very least, the political parties wouldn’t have been as divided as they appear now, in complete shambles and seemingly unable to work together, spending too much time tweeting and not enough time working for the greater good of the American people.
Lim further reported:
The Economist-YouGov findings regarding Biden and younger people could be “noise,” according to pollster Charles Franklin. That is because Biden’s approval rating among adults younger than 30 was steady for three weeks before “unlikely” decreasing 8 points to 27%, his overall rating increased, and the age group was a small subset, so there is a higher margin of error.
Yet the Marquette Law School Poll director said it was “interesting” that 1 in 5 people younger than 30 consistently told the Economist-YouGov they have no opinion of Biden, compared to 9% of respondents more broadly.
“Suggests some disengagement among the young I hadn’t suspected,” he said.
There’s two things to take away from this last part. 1) people who make noise and are old enough to vote will do so. 2) it’s easy to imagine people disengaging from politics in general, not just Joe Biden.
Take one look at Twitter and you’ll see politics is just like high school students fighting in drama class. It’s a popularity contest on social media and politicians should get themselves OFF social media – or at most, they should use it for important announcements only with NO comments allowed.
There’s simply too many politicians who utilize social media for the wrong purposes, to spark chaos, divide people, and it’s honestly never been stupider than it is now. One example is Elizabeth Warren trying to battle with Elon Musk over taxes. A woman who abused the privilege of heritage throughout her life and barks on social media, but what exactly does she do? Meanwhile, Elon Musk might be ready to pay $12 billion in taxes – more than everyone I know put together and several times over.
Maybe the young people aren’t just disengaged from Biden, but maybe they’re sick of Democrats in general.