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Joe Biden’s Ratings Drop Amongst Younger Voters

Bidens poll ratings sees almost 20% drop since 2020. Approval rating sits at 39% amongst Americans. (ABC News, Getty Images)
Biden’s poll ratings sees almost 20% drop since 2020. Approval rating sits at 39% amongst Americans. (ABC News, Getty Images)

Recently, President Joe Biden has been unpopular amongst a lot of Americans as his approval ratings have been the lowest in years with only reaching a 39% approval rating. 

This is the second worst approval rating for a president in their third year of their term. First place being President Carter with Trump having a higher rating of just 42%, so not too far behind for President Biden. 

In Biden’s first term as President, he received an approval rating of 57% almost a 20-point drop from his first year in office. 

Biden’s approval ratings look to continue to get lower as the election draws near and as Trump draws even closer with his presidential campaign, his approval rating only being a couple points behind Biden.  

Biden’s lack of popularity can be attributed to many different factors. Potentially speaking, one example could be his failure to codify Roe v. Wade. The decision was incredibly popular amongst Democrats, women and especially with younger voters. 

Another reason for Biden’s waining popularity could be other failed promises. For example, student debt relief for college students only forgave $4.9 billion from around 70,000 borrowers and from Federal Student Aid up to $20,000 would be forgiven. 

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 15: As college students around the country graduate with a massive amount of debt, advocates display a hand-painted sign on the Ellipse in front of The White House to call on President Joe Biden to sign an executive order to cancel student debt on June 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

According to Forbes, the average federal student loan debt is around $38,000 which continues to increase almost yearly. In 2007, the average federal student loan debt was around $18,000. 

College students like Elizabeth Mae find it difficult to be able to afford food, gas and other necessities while working and studying.

“I wish there was a way where I was able to move out of my parents’ house and be able to afford things for myself as it is getting harder for me to go out with friends, eat out, buy clothes or pay for gas all the time.” – Elizabeth Mae, sophomore student at Kenessaw State University

Mae dual enrolled her senior year of high school and is currently a sophomore at Kennesaw State University.

“I had to work hard in school and dual enroll as I knew my parents couldn’t help me afford college. Now everything is getting more expensive that it feels like I am constantly worrying about if I have enough money in my account to afford things.” 

A study conducted by CNN stated that 57% of student loan borrowers owed less than $20,000 while around 43% of student loan borrowers owed around $80,000. In 2023, student loan debt hit an all-time high of $1.73 trillion.  

The Democratic party seems to be having a harder time enticing younger voters to vote for party again as they feel that things are not getting better and are being failed by Biden. 

Younger voters turned out big in 2020 to elect Biden, but it seems that they are turning away which could spell disaster for the Democratic party this year. 

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