In a recent analysis, The New York Times highlighted President Biden’s dwindling popularity among young voters, a trend that remains consistent even in hypothetical matchups against former President Donald Trump. Nate Cohn, the chief political analyst for The New York Times, emphasized the significance of this trend, which is evident across various polls.
Cohn noted the skepticism among some readers regarding these poll results, but he affirmed the accuracy of the findings. The issue, as per the analysis, is not a lack of young Democrats but rather a significant portion of them disapproving of Biden’s performance. Cohn detailed that within the young voter demographic, particularly among young Democrats and nonwhite young Democrats, Biden’s lead is markedly less robust than expected.
This internal dissent within the party, Cohn pointed out, is unusual but not unprecedented. He drew parallels to past polling scenarios, such as the 2016 presidential race where Trump gained unexpected support from white working-class registered Democrats.
Cohn attributed Biden’s weak standing among young voters to concerns about his age and his handling of international conflicts, like the Israel-Hamas war. This decline in popularity among young voters is not a new development, as Biden faced similar challenges in securing their enthusiasm during the 2020 election. Additionally, Trump’s increasing support among nonwhite voters, who are predominantly younger, adds another layer to the dynamic of the upcoming presidential race.