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Biden Approval Rate Drops Among Under-30s About Afghanistan, Economy: Poll

President Joe Biden’s approval rating of the younger generation for dealing with key issues is falling, new polls from Generation Lab / Axios suggest.

A poll of around 800 Americans aged 18 to 29 found that members of all parties have seen the president less favorably since he took office, largely because of his dealings with the economy and his withdrawal from Afghanistan.

When asked how their level of support for Biden has changed since he took office, 17 percent said they had declined sharply, and 42 percent of respondents said their opinion had stayed the same. Only 6 percent of young adults said their consent had increased significantly, and 11 percent said it had increased somewhat.

Specifically, 29 percent of Democrats, 46 percent of Independents, and 69 percent of Republicans said their support for Biden has decreased. Forty-five percent of Democrats, 43 percent of Independents, and 26 percent of Republicans said their view had stayed the same.

According to the survey, almost identically many young adults cited Biden’s handling of the economy and his withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan as the reason for changing their minds. The numbers were 52 percent and 51 percent, respectively.

A new poll of around 800 Americans aged 18 to 29 found that members of all parties have seen the president less favorably since he took office, largely because of his dealings with the economy and the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Pictured is US President Joe Biden announcing the expansion of three national monuments in the White House on October 8 in Washington, DC
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Fewer respondents, around 43 percent, said that dealing with the situation at the border had influenced their point of view. Others cited dealing with the coronavirus pandemic with too few or too many protective measures, 30 percent and 29 percent, respectively, as the reason.

And while Biden’s handling of these issues made the majority of young people less positive about the president, some improved their point of view.

Among Democrats, 26 percent said their support for Biden has risen since he took office. Eleven percent of Independents and five percent of Republicans also gave a better opinion.

The Generation Lab / Axios poll results reflect the downward trend in Biden’s approval ratings nine months after his presidency. The decline began the day before the final deadline for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and has continued while the president’s economic agenda is discussed.

In a October 1-4 poll by Quinnipiac University, the president’s approval fell to 38 percent and rose to 48 percent in an Ipsos poll the following week. During that time, other surveys have averaged them between 42 and 46 percent.

According to poll tracker FiveThirtyEight, which tracks the president’s popularity based on analyzing a series of polls and his own rating system, Biden’s overall approval rate on Oct. 11 is around 44 percent, while his disapproval rate is 49 percent.

According to FiveThirtyEight, on October 8, 2017, former President Donald Trump’s approval was 38 percent, while his opposition was 56 percent.

Newsweek reached out to the Biden administration and Young Democrats America for comment, but received no response by the time we went to press.

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