Biden is the oldest president that we’ve ever had in the White House. He just celebrated his 79th birthday, which means that he doesn’t really have anything in common with the younger generation.
A recent poll from Harvard Youth showed that he doesn’t have a great approval rating for the “under 30” voters. But, why would he? That would be like people saying that their grandfather (or even great grandfather) is their bestie.
It’s not exactly as if Biden is some amazing speaker or inspirational guy, either. He stutters, he mutters, and he forgets where he is. He’s the drooling uncle that wanders off at holiday parties that the family tries to hide whenever possible.
The younger voters thought they wanted a Democrat over Trump. And, since Biden was the only one left standing (or at least stumbling) after the presidential primaries, their choices were made. It’s likely the only reason that he won three-in-five voters under the age of 30 according to the poll.
However, that same poll now shows that there is some trouble. The approval rating has slipped considerably. Biden is at below 50 percent for the youngest segment. For Americans between the ages of 18 and 29, Biden only has a 46 percent approval rating.
Back in March, Biden had a 59 percent approval rating within the same age demographic.
Unfortunately, a lot has happened in the past six months that have led to the 13 percent drop – and none of it is good.
He has ignored the border, allowing countless illegal immigrants to fill the country.
He allowed Afghanistan to fall to the Taliban.
He has mandated that people get a vaccine or risk losing their job.
Many of these issues directly impact the 18 to 29 crowd because they’re the ones out and about. They’re the ones looking for work. And they’re the ones who are entering the military.
Although young voters were partially responsible for getting Biden into office, they may not be responsible for helping fellow Democrats to stay in office. In fact, they may help with the GOP flip that so many are crossing their fingers for.
According to John Della Volpe, the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics’ polling director, young Americans won’t be unplugging from politics. “I see them continuing to be engaged politically.” At least one-third have said that they plan to vote next November. This is similar to the numbers that showed up on polls in spring 2018, right before the Democratic midterms took place.
The Harvard Youth Poll is considered to be one of the more rigorous measurements of the younger Americans’ political opinions.
In a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that was conducted at the end of last month, voters under the age of 35 had a 50 percent approval rating. A Fox News poll conducted just a week earlier showed the approval rating at 44 percent.
Clearly, the polls are designed to simply provide a snapshot of what’s going on. The only thing we can be clear on is that the younger Americans are losing faith in Biden. They thought he was doing a great job after being in office for two months. Now that they’ve seen him in action for a bit, they’re seeing that he’s not actually doing anything to help the country.
There are so many questions that are looming based on the polls.
If the approval rating continues to drop, how much longer can Americans reasonably keep Biden in office without looking to impeach him?
How poorly does Biden have to do before young voters lose all faith in Democrats as leaders?
Let’s hope that the GOP can get a win…and with the help of some of these younger Americans. After all, if Biden can’t get the job done, we might as well vote in some people who can.