Joe Biden may eventually find a way to get people to stop talking about Tara Reade or even his increasingly frequent “senior moments.” (He’ll certainly have plenty of help with that from the majority of the mainstream media outlets.) But it’s very possible that the damage has already been done. According to a study conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics, while Biden’s overall numbers among registered voters still don’t look too shabby, he could be in serious trouble with one of the two demographics critical to his prospects. Enthusiasm among younger voters, particularly those aged 18 to 29, is in the tank. And his approval rating in that demographic is similarly far underwater. (Fox News)
Unfortunately for Democrats, new evidence seems to suggest the Biden electability argument might be severely flawed. Not only is Biden facing immense pressure from an army of angry Bernie acolytes over a sexual assault claim made by former Senate aide Tara Reade, but recent polling also suggests support for Biden among young voters – a key demographic for Democrats – might be much weaker than anyone realized, even in head-to-head matchups with Donald Trump.
According to an extensive survey by the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government released in late April, only 34 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 say they have a favorable view of the former vice president, with just 8 percent saying they have a “very favorable” opinion of Biden. In the same survey, 47 percent of young people said they have an unfavorable view of Biden.
Let’s not try to interpret this as a sign that Donald Trump is suddenly surging in popularity with the youthful crowd. He’s not. In fact, his raw numbers in this age group are actually worse than Biden’s. But the percentage who have a favorable view of Trump (30%) was only four points lower than Biden’s score. Even more curiously, those expressing a “very favorable” view of Trump were more numerous than those with a similarly very favorable view of Uncle Joe.