Young Voters: Bye-Bye Biden

( – After destroying all their hopes and dreams with a poor economy and a migrant crisis, young voters are leaving Joe Biden in droves in favor of former President Donald Trump ahead of this year’s general election.

The Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) Youth Poll reveals that Biden currently stands at 50% against Trump’s 37% among voters aged 18 to 29 when pinned against each other.

When the race is expanded to include candidates like Robert Kennedy Jr., Jill Stein and Cornel West, Biden’s advantage over Trump among young voters tightens to a mere 7 points, leaving 16% of respondents undecided.

Back in 2020, both Gen Z and Millennials showed a strong preference for Biden over Trump, with a 20-point lead according to Pew Research’s analysis.

IOP polling director John Della Volpe highlighted the evolving nature of the youth electorate, saying, “Make no mistake, this is a different youth electorate than we saw in 2020 and 2022, and young voters are motivated by different things.”

The analysis revealed that Biden’s youth support is declining mainly among young men while his favorability among young women is on similar levels to 2020. In contrast, his popularity with young men has seen a near 20-point drop.

IOP Director Setti D. Warren reflected on the significant issues young Americans have in mind today, including the economy, foreign policy, immigration and climate change. He noted that “young people across the country are paying attention and are increasingly prepared to make their voices heard at the ballot box this November.”

Recent polling also reveals Biden is losing ground among other key demographics, including black men and Latino voters.

A Wall Street Journal survey across seven battleground states showed a 30-point drop in support among black men for Biden since the 2020 election.

Furthermore, an Axios-Ipsos poll highlighted that Biden’s lead over Trump among Latino voters shrunk from a 29-point margin to just 9 points. This poll also showed Trump outperforming Biden among Latino voters on the economy and crime.

Although Biden has managed to slightly narrow Trump’s overall lead in national polls, Trump is currently ahead by less than half a point in the RealClearPolitics average. This margin slightly expands in a five-way race, increasing Trump’s lead to 1.7 points.

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