In bad news from a key demographic for the administration, a new Gallup poll reveals younger voters’ approval of President Joe Biden’s job performance in sharp decline since last spring.
The survey shows only 39% of Generation Z respondents now approve of his handling of the job. That’s a stunning 21-point plunge from the 60% who approved of his handling of the job for his first months in office last year.
Numbers are almost identical for millennials, of whom 60% said they approved of Biden’s job as president through the first six months of his term in office. That rating is down to 41%. Results are even worse for respondents who identify as Democrats, as only 30% of Generation Z respondents and 27% of millennials approve of his performance.
The Gallup poll surveyed 8,000 eligible respondents.
Millennials are those born between 1981 and 1996, while Generation Z is those born between 1997 and 2004. Older Americans saw less of a change for the period. Baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, saw only a seven-point loss in approval ratings, and for those “traditionalists” born before 1946 Biden’s approval stayed the same.
Biden emerged victorious in 2020 in no small part due to young voters, considering exit polls showed 60% of those between 18 and 34 voted for the Democrat. Sixty-seven percent of Black voters still approve of President Biden’s performance, but this number in another key demographic is down 20% from his early months in office.
After recently extending the moratorium on student payments again, this time until Aug. 31, it will be the least surprising decision in political history if the White House extends it further. Coincidentally, at least enough to bridge November’s midterm elections. Nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have already signed a letter asking for the pause to continue until years’ end.
Left-wing think tank Data For Progress reports almost half of respondents say broad erasure of student debt will motivate them to vote. Unemployment for college graduates at the moment? Two percent. The total of student loan debt currently on pause? $1.3 trillion.
This fruit may hang too low for the Biden administration not to pluck. As White House spokesperson Jen Psaki recently boasted, “No one has been required to pay a single dime of federal student loans since the president took office.” And she said it like it’s a good thing.