Biden Faces High Dissatisfaction Among Young Voters

A recent poll showed that many young voters want President Joe Biden primaried next year. The survey also highlights a number of recent polls that show significant concern over Biden’s ability to lead the nation.

According to a survey commissioned by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF), a majority of high school and college students sought a primary challenge against the president. 

Among high schoolers, 56% seek another candidate against Biden. College students were more negative regarding the president’s prospects, with 61% of voters seeking another Democratic Party candidate against Biden.

Furthermore, despite the fact that a majority of both high school and college students self-describe as “liberal,” Biden faces low approval ratings among the cohort. 

High school students approve of the president’s job performance at a 33% rating, while 47% disapprove. Among college students, just 38% approve of his tenure, while a majority, 51% disapprove.

YAF President and former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said that all 2024 candidates “would be wise to focus on the issues that matter to this important voting bloc.”

The YAF poll also comes after an April Harvard poll showed similar results. In the poll, only 38% of voters between 18 and 29 approved of the president’s job performance.

Biden faces challenges from author and 2020 candidate Marianne Williamson and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., but no significant elected official has entered the primary.

Currently, in the RealClearPolitics polling average, Biden holds a significant lead over his opponents. 

The president is currently supported by more than 63% of voters, while Kennedy registers about 13% support. Almost 6% of prospective Democratic Party primary voters indicated their support for Williamson.

The recent polls also underscore wider concerns over the president’s mental and physical health. 

A May Quinnipiac poll showed that nearly two-thirds of the electorate believes that Biden, 80, is too old to serve effectively. The poll also found that a majority of independents, 69%, believe that Biden is too old to serve another four years in the White House.

In addition, only 36% of the population believed that former President Donald Trump was too old to serve as president.