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Biden's Popularity Waning Among Young Democratic Voters: The New York Times

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Wojciech Zylm
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Biden's Popularity Waning Among Young Democratic Voters: The New York Times

President Joe Biden's popularity among young Democratic voters is waning, according to a critical assessment by The New York Times. The newspaper's findings highlight a significant lack of enthusiasm or favorability towards Biden within this demographic, signaling potential trouble for his administration and the wider Democratic Party.

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The Disconnect

The issue isn’t a scarcity of young Democrats. Instead, the problem lies in the fact that a sizable portion of these young voters do not favor Biden. This sentiment is evident across self-identified Democrats, Democratic-leaners, and those who voted for Biden in the 2020 elections. The President's handling of various issues, including the Israel-Hamas conflict, and his age, are among the factors contributing to this dissent. Such intraparty dissent, although rare, is not unprecedented.

Impact of Inflation

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Concerns about inflation have further eroded Biden’s approval ratings. The demographics of Biden’s 2020 supporters, primarily younger, lower-income, and racially diverse, might also explain part of his current challenge. These groups are most affected by inflation and high-interest rates, causing frustration among first-time homebuyers and those reliant on credit. This has led to significant disenchantment among young voters.

Looking Ahead

New polling data indicates a shift in favor of the former President Donald Trump in key battleground states. Young, nonwhite, and independent voters, who were previously considered potential new swing voters, now trust Trump more on issues such as the economy, foreign policy, and immigration. Despite attempts by Biden’s team to highlight the threat Trump poses to democracy and abortion rights, Biden’s poor showing among young voters remains a serious and likely enduring problem for his administration.

Consequently, the Democratic Party’s nervousness about Biden has increased. With Biden polling behind Donald Trump in many states, and his low approval ratings, young voters' disenchantment with Biden has heightened interest among party supporters in an alternative. Despite these concerns, political insiders suggest it is not entirely out of the question that Democrats could turn to an alternative candidate, such as Governor Newsom, in the 2024 election.

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