Dems Fret As Young Voters Turn From Party

Since a slight but noticeable drop in the proportion of young people identifying as Democrats has been seen in recent polls, Democrats are encouraging its 2024 contenders to reacquaint themselves with this demographic. 

The group crucial to President Biden’s 2020 victory against President Trump shows signs of fading support. 

As a result of feeling betrayed by the political system, members of Generation Z are becoming more politically active while remaining less loyal to existing political parties. 

According to the Harvard Youth Poll, the proportion of young voters who identified as independent or “unaffiliated with a major party” increased from 36% in 2018 to 40% in 2019. The percentage of young voters who identify as Republicans went from 23% to 24%, just beyond the statistical significance threshold.

Even if young voters seem to be becoming more progressive in their ideals, fewer identify as Democrats or liberals, pay careful attention to political news, or are inclined to believe in politics as a method for system change.

Younger people are less likely than older voters to indicate they will “definitely” cast a ballot in the 2024 election (51% vs 55%).

There have been indicators for years that younger people are suspicious of party leaders.

Biden’s 2020 win was primarily due to the backing of young people (61% of those under 30). However, it is unclear what percentage of this group of voters will support Democrats in the next election. Biden’s popularity rating among American registered voters aged 18 to 29 fell to 38% in the most recent Harvard Youth Poll, down 3 points from last autumn and 5 points from spring.

Meeting young voters and harnessing their enthusiasm for essential causes is a top priority for Biden’s reelection campaign. 

Many younger people are skeptical of Joe Biden because he would be 86 years old by the time his potential second term ends. 

Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist, thinks young people will vote in large numbers in the 2024 election but that the Biden campaign has to do more to inform them about the administration’s accomplishments in the previous three years.