- In the 2020 presidential election, Biden won, narrowly defeating Trump in several states.
- A key reason for his victory was higher-than-ever turnout among younger voters.
- Those same voters now completely disagree with his handling of the fighting in Israel.
More than a month has passed since Hamas terrorists killed more than 1,000 Israeli civilians and ignited a new war in the region, and young voters are unhappy with the way the Biden administration has responded to the violence.
According to recently published questionnaire from NBC News, an alarming 70% of voters aged 18 to 34 said they disapproved of Biden’s handling of the conflict so far.
In 2020, Biden narrowly defeated former President Donald Trump by tens of thousands of votes in five separate states, thanks in large part to record numbers of young voters. The Center for information and research on civic learning and engagement estimated that half of all 18- to 29-year-olds voted in this election, an increase of 11 percentage points compared to 2016.
If Biden’s support among younger voters continues to decline, the incumbent Democrat could find his re-election bid increasingly difficult.
And while the nation as a whole does not appear to be as outraged by Biden’s handling of the crisis as younger voters are – a total of 56% of registered voters said they disapprove in the poll – Biden’s re-election campaign cannot succeed if even a small number his supporters will jump ship, as polls show may happen.
As mentioned, an NBC News poll shows that in a head-to-head rematch between Trump and Biden in 2024, 52% of registered voters currently say they would choose the scandal-plagued Trump over Biden if given the opportunity.
Based on a hypothetical 2024 matchup between Trump and an unnamed Democratic candidate, 6 percentage points more respondents chose the Democrat, suggesting that the problem voters face may be Biden himself, not Trump, who in this case he will be a particularly strong candidate.
The Biden administration’s handling of the crisis, especially how it is chosen to finance war efforts in the Middle East and Ukraine, has also drawn criticism from younger voters and some celebrities, such as the 31-year-old Cardi Bwho publicly supported Biden in 2020 and has now vowed to never support any presidential candidate again.