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 fell as well, decreasing 13 points to just 9 percent. The survey states that 78 percent of those who voted for Biden in the 2020 election said they are still satisfied with their vote, despite the drop.
"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 shows that a majority of young Americans believe that American democracy is "in trouble" or "failing," with only 7 percent asserting that the United States is a "healthy democracy."
Thirty-nine percent described American democracy as a "democracy in trouble," and 13 percent said the nation is a "failed democracy." Less than a third of young Americans said they believe "America is the greatest country in the world."
Around one third of young Americans, 35 percent, believe 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.
“You can clearly make the argument that, along with other important subgroups, young people were essential to Biden’s victory and the Democratic Senate,” said John Della Volpe, the director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics.
“I see them continuing to be engaged politically,” Della Volpe said.