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Common Dreams - April 18, 2022

Progressive political observers on Monday said that beltway pundits should not be surprised by President Joe Biden's plummeting approval rating among voters under the age of 34, considering the Democratic Party's failure to pass anti-poverty measures or climate action, and address the student debt crisis after the president garnered significant support from young people in the 2020 election.

Polling by online survey company Civiqs showed Sunday that while only 36% of voters between the ages of 18 and 34 disapproved of Biden the day he was inaugurated in January 2021 and 48% approved, those numbers have now shifted significantly, with 55% of respondents saying they feel Biden is doing a poor job as president.

The survey results were posted four days after Gallup released polling showing that support for the president among voters aged 18-25 has fallen by 21 points since January 2021 and among voters aged 26-41 by 19 points.

Another poll released last Wednesday by Quinnipiac University showed only 21% of respondents aged 18-34 approving of Biden.

On Twitter Monday, Vox journalist Zack Beauchamp called Biden's collapse in support among younger voters "mysterious"—an assertion that unleashed a torrent of responses from progressives who pointed to young people's urgent calls for bold policy changes to mitigate the climate crisis and narrow the wealth gap in the United States, which have been largely ignored by the administration or obstructed by right-wing members of Biden's party.

"Compare the life a young person had in January 2021... to the life they have now and I think you'll get much of the answer," said Ryan Grim, Washington, D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept. ...
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