Biden Loses His Strongest Supporter Base

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

According to a Harvard Youth poll released on Monday (April 24), just over a third of young Americans approve of President Joe Biden’s performance, figures that come as the President prepares for an expected re-election bid in 2024.

The poll conducted by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Politics showed Biden with a 38 percent approval rating among American voters between the ages of 18 and 29.

This indicator is a decrease of three percentage points compared to last fall and a five percentage point drop compared to last spring.

However, Biden is significantly more popular among young Democrats – with 64 percent support – than among Republicans – where he has a mere six percent support.

He has 30 percent support among independent or independent youth voters.

The new poll comes as Biden is expected to announce his 2024 bid as early as Tuesday, following months of waiting and concerns about the President’s age.

About a quarter of young Americans in a new Harvard poll approve of Biden’s economy and inflation, 28 percent and 22 percent, respectively. A little more than a third approve of his approach to race relations (38 percent) and the war in Ukraine (37 percent).

Twenty-seven percent approve of the President’s stance on gun violence — while 40 percent of those surveyed also said they were worried about “being a victim of gun violence or a mass shooting.”

Nearly half, or 48 percent, of young Americans, said they felt unsafe in the past month. About half of the female students polled worry that they may be victims of a mass shooting (53 percent) or sexual assault (49 percent).

The Harvard Youth Poll was conducted between March 13-22, polling 2,069 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29.