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Young Voters Are Abandoning Biden — Here’s Why



  • President Joe Biden had a 30% advantage among under-30 voters in 2020, but that support has evaporated.
  • Now Biden’s approval rating is lower in the youth demographic than his overall rate.
  • Polls suggest that the economy, Biden’s inability to deliver on campaign promises and general political frustration among youth are to blame.

Young voters were President Joe Biden’s most reliable supporters in 2020 but many have now soured on the president for three key reasons as he approaches the midpoint of his first term, numerous polls indicate.

Around 60% of 18- to 29-year-old voters backed Biden in 2020, making this younger group of Americans the age demographic he carried the most comfortably, but now Biden’s approval rating among younger voters is worse than his overall rate — 37% versus 38% — according to FiveThirtyEight. This decline in support is likely due to a perceived mishandling of the economy, a failure to fulfill campaign promises and general political disillusionment, recent polling data shows.



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