There hasn’t been this low a level of support for a Democratic presidential candidate among young people in decades, raising concerns that the left may be losing its long-held control on the youth vote.
According to Politico, pollster John Della Volpe warned Democrats in February that under-30 voters, who had previously voted for Democrats in 2018 and 2020, were no longer sure things.
Despite the fact that Biden won the youth vote by 25 points in 2020, according to Della Volpe, 54, other polls show that luster has faded since. For the first time, he told Politico, “there are more younger people playing.”
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This election is different,” he said, stressing that Democrats no longer have a foil in former President Trump. “Democrats must persuade and motivate their constituents to vote for them. That’s how things are now.”
With former students like Elise Stefanik, R-New York, Chair of the House GOP Conference, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Della Volpe has overseen the Harvard University Institute of Politics Youth Poll since it began in 2000.
John Walsh, the chief of staff for Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., told Politico that the loss of Biden’s grip on the youth vote “should concern everyone.”
“The government isn’t acting quickly enough, and they’re irritated and enraged. I’m concerned that some individuals aren’t paying attention to John’s advice, but “he continued, adding.
It’s a concern of mine that young people aren’t feeling involved or inspired right now,” Democratic pollster Ben Tulchin tells Politico in an interview.
They won’t turn up until you do, he warned.
As Della Volpe puts it, “free college tuition and student loan forgiveness” have been used before by Biden (and Democrats) and “would very rapidly get the attention of [young] people.”
If Democrats and Republicans don’t pay attention to these people, “they will not turn out,” he said in an interview with Politico. It appears that they’re preparing to cast their ballots at this very moment.
A lot of the time, they’ve done this, but it’s about prolonging the conversation and reminding folks that we haven’t ended.
It could be difficult for Democrats to get young people to support the policies of the oldest president in American history if they don’t have Trump to run against.
TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier tells Politico that “the key question we’re confronting is whether youth turnout in 2020 was driven more by resistance to Trump than significant enthusiasm for Biden.”
A further four-month extension of the moratorium on monthly loan payments and interest payments was announced by the Biden administration as a way of easing tensions.
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NextGen America President Cristina Tzintzin Ramirez told Politico that “young people want to see action, and that’s why we’re saying as loud as we can, ‘please take action on student debt,’ because this is within the ability of the Biden administration.”
Ellen Sciales, a press secretary for the Sunrise Movement, told Politico that young voters are losing faith in Biden’s promises to them.
When it comes to student debt or ambitious climate objectives, young people are “very disillusioned” after a year of a Democratic trifecta, according to Scales.
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