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American News Dec 3, 2021 7:16 PM EST

Biden's approval rating suffers double-digit drop among young Democrats, independents

46 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 say they approve of the job that Biden is doing, a 13-point drop from their spring 2021 survey.

Biden's approval rating suffers double-digit drop among young Democrats, independents
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

In a survey released by Harvard's Institute of Politics, it revealed that the amount of young Americans supporting President Joe Biden has fallen below 50 percent, with Democrats and independents seeing a double-digit drop.

46 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 say they approve of the job that Biden is doing, a 13-point drop from their spring 2021 survey.

Amongst young Democrats, support for Biden dropped 10 points to 75 percent. Support for Biden dropped to 39 percent among independents, down 14 points from the spring survey. Republican support also fell, dropping 13 points to just 9 percent. The survey states that despite the drop, 78 percent of those that voted for Biden in the 2020 election said they are still satisfied with their vote.

"The slippage is consistent with other polling, which portrays an across-the-board polling rut for the president," Politico reported,  "And it's a warning sign ahead of next year's midterm elections, when Democrats will be trying to convince younger voters — who are more likely to sit out non-presidential elections — to show up at the polls."

Youth voters were key in Biden's presidential victory last year, with around three in five voters under the age of 30 voting for Biden.

The poll also found that a majority of young Americans believe that American democracy is "in trouble" or "failing," with only 7 percent saying that the United States in a "healthy democracy."

39 percent described American democracy as a "democracy in trouble," and 13 percent said the nation is a "failed democracy." Less than one third of young Americans said they believe "America is the greatest country in the world."

Around one third of young Americans, 35 percent, said they will see a second civil war occur during their lifetime, and they said that there is around a one in four chance that at least one state secedes from the US.

The Harvard Youth Poll was conducted Oct. 26 - Nov. 8. It consists of 2,109 interviews with Americans aged 18 - 29.

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