TRUTH PUKE’S TAKE: As President Joe Biden prepares for the 2024 Presidential Election, he is facing a major challenge in turning out young voters to support him for a second White House term. The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed college students who expressed their concerns over Biden’s age and performance in office. Biden, at 80, is the oldest President in US history and this has caused many young voters to doubt his ability to represent them. While most voters still prefer Biden over the possibility of Donald Trump winning another term, some are exploring other options within the Democratic Party or considering not voting at all.
Despite Biden being the expected Democratic nominee, his campaign is being challenged by two long-shot candidates, and the polls show Trump with a commanding lead among Republicans. Young voters have traditionally been a pillar of the Democratic coalition, but there are signs that their enthusiasm for the party is diminishing. Although Democratic House candidates won support from 64% of voters under the age of 30 in the 2018 midterm elections, support for Democrats among voters in that age group fell to 54% in last year’s midterms. Furthermore, the turnout among those under the age of 25 slipped by nearly 5 percentage points from 2018 to 2022 compared to only 1 percentage point among voters overall, according to the Census Bureau.
Recent surveys suggest that young voters are disengaged from politics, with over 70% of 18-29 year olds describing themselves as not politically engaged or politically active, according to a Harvard Institute of Politics survey. To combat this, Biden’s campaign is prioritizing issues that young voters care about, such as climate change and student loans.
The Wall Street Journal’s report suggests that Biden’s campaign needs to learn from and engage with younger voters before the 2024 election. The President needs to connect with young voters who are critical of his performance in office and his age. While some are unlikely to vote for Trump, they may explore other options within the Democratic Party or abstain from voting entirely. The Democratic National Committee is trying to mobilize young voters around issues, but Biden’s campaign must do more to engage with younger voters, highlight the stakes of the election, and connect with them in innovative ways to earn their votes.
Original Article Below: By Eliza Collins, Andrew Restuccia and Aaron Zitner via WSJ
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