President Biden’s approval rating among young voters has dropped nearly 20 percentage points since last year, according to a poll released Monday.
The poll from the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School showed Mr. Biden’s approval rating among voters aged 18 to 29 years old is 41%.
That’s down from last spring, when 59% of young voters approved of Mr. Biden’s job performance. It’s also down from a 46% approval rating last fall.
Despite the poor marks for Mr. Biden, 55% of younger Americans said they prefer Democratic control of both chambers of Congress, compared to 34% who said they would not want Democrats controlling Congress.
Student loan debt was overwhelmingly the biggest issue facing young people, the survey showed. About 85% said they were in favor of some kind of political action on student debt, but only 38% favored total debt cancellation.
The Biden administration earlier this month extended the student loan payment moratorium until at least Aug. 31.
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Young voters also showed disenchantment with democracy, with only 36% of those surveyed saying political involvement rarely produces a tangible result and 42% saying their vote doesn’t make a difference.
Roughly 56% said “politics today are no longer able to meet the challenges our country is facing.”
Despite the apathy, 36% of young Americans said they will “definitely” be voting in the upcoming midterm elections.
The poll surveyed 2,024 voters March 15-30, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.89 percentage points.