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Gen Z and millennial voters were key to Biden’s 2020 victory. Now Trump is taking over: poll

In a surprising shift since nearly four years ago, former President Donald Trump appears to be making significant inroads with younger voters, a demographic that played a crucial role in propelling President Joe Biden to victory in 2020. According to recent polls, the allegiance of Gen Z and millennial voters is increasingly up for grabs, raising questions about the stability of their support for the Democratic Party. Several young people from Ohio and New Jersey explained their thoughts on the upcoming election.

Trump appears to be making inroads with younger voters, a demographic that played a crucial role in propelling Joe Biden to victory in 2020

Young voters turned out in record numbers in 2020

During the 2020 presidential election, young voters turned out in record numbers, favoring Biden over Trump by a substantial 20-point margin, as per analysis by the Pew Research Center. This demographic’s overwhelming support was pivotal in Biden’s triumph. However, recent data suggests a changing landscape.

Biden is losing the support from this key group

A new Axios-Generation Lab survey indicates a narrow divide among voters aged 18 to 34, with Biden receiving 52% of their support compared to Trump’s 48%. Even more telling is a December poll from The New York Times/Siena College, which shows Trump leading Biden 49% to 43% among the 18- to 29-year-old cohort.

Neil O’Brian, a political scientist at the University of Oregon, reflects on this trend, noting, “We don’t know enough yet. But this idea that young people are gonna keep populating into the Democratic Party? There are some question marks around that.”

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A critical factor contributing to Biden’s eroding support among young voters is his staunch backing of Israel, which seems to be at odds with the preferences of this age group. Additionally, a significant portion of young voters, 41%, now identify as independents, underscoring a growing detachment from the traditional two-party system.

Candidates’ age and the economy biggest concerns for young voters

The disillusionment with the political process and the desire for younger candidates are palpable among young Americans. Jessica Gourdet, a 32-year-old from New Jersey, voices a common sentiment, expressing frustration over economic burdens and the perceived ineffectiveness of her vote. In contrast, others like David Place, a 25-year-old Trump supporter, critique the advanced age of the candidates, suggesting that Biden’s age is more concerning to voters than Trump’s.

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Despite mixed feelings towards the candidates, many young voters remain committed to participating in the upcoming election. Alana Falls-Simison, 23, from Ohio, supports Trump for his economic and immigration policies, while Rachel Domdera, an Ohio State sophomore, plans to vote for Biden, drawn to his environmental policies and stance on abortion rights, as reported by Axios.

Trump appears to be making inroads with younger voters, a demographic that played a crucial role in propelling Joe Biden to victory in 2020

Interestingly, Biden still maintains a narrow lead among all young voters surveyed in the Axios-Generation Lab poll. However, his advantage becomes more pronounced among those most likely to vote, with 63% support from respondents who definitively plan to vote in November.

The methodology behind these findings involves a web-based poll conducted from February 3-14, 2024, engaging a representative sample of 1,073 individuals aged 18 to 34 across the nation, with a margin of error of +/- 3.0 percentage points.

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These numbers paint a complex picture of the political inclinations of America’s youth, signaling a potentially volatile battleground for the hearts and minds of the next generation of voters.

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