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Young Americans say they fear the future of their country

According to a survey released Wednesday by the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. The poll was conducted in late October and early November from the beginning of this year, when most said they were hopeful. Only about a third now describe the United States as a healthy or even “partially working” democracy, with 52% saying it is a “struggled democracy” or that it has completely fail. “After hitting record numbers in 2020, young Americans are sounding the alarm,” IOP Poll Director John Della Volpe said in a statement. “When they look at the America they will soon inherit, they see a democracy and atmosphere at stake – and Washington is more interested in confrontation than compromise.” In a September CNN poll, 56% of American adults of all ages said the nation’s democracy was under attack, with that number rising to 75% among Republicans. peace. found, with 46% agreeing and 51% disagreeing. This number has been down since March of this year, when an earlier survey found 59% agree and 38% disagree. They now rate Biden better on his handling of coronavirus (51% approving) and education (48%) than his efforts addressing the economy (38%), crime (37%) or gun violence (34%). A third of young adults say they think the Biden administration is generally on track for a successful presidency, with 38% saying they’ve gone the wrong way and 28% saying they uncertain. Top achievements will define a successful presidency for them, with 58% of young Americans saying strengthening the economy is among their top issues, with 45% saying a term Successful presidents will pull the country together and 42% say it will involve improving health care. Few choose to tackle climate change (33%), reduce economic inequality (32%), improve public education (28%), ensure social justice (25%), or raise America’s international standing (20%) is one of their top priorities. – the majority of young people describe themselves as “politically engaged or politically active” – ​​a finding that marks an increase from 2009, when only 24% of adults under 30 describe themselves in this way there. Fewer than four in 10 in the latest poll say they will definitely vote in next year’s midterm elections. KnowledgePanel, a nationally representative online control panel. The sampling error margin for the total sample is +/- 3.08%.

Follow a survey published on Wednesday of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. Voting was conducted in late October and early November.

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Young people say, 55% to 44%, that they fear more than they hope for America’s future – a change from the beginning of this year, when most say they hope. Only about a third now describe the United States as a healthy or even “partially functioning” democracy, with 52% saying it is a “struggled democracy” or that it has failed. completely defeated.

Young Republicans are particularly pessimistic: 70% say American democracy is struggling or failing, compared with 45% of young Democrats who say the same.

“After hitting record numbers in 2020, young Americans are sounding the alarm,” IOP Polling Director John Della Volpe said in a statement. “When they look at the America they will soon inherit, they see a democracy and climate at stake – and Washington is more interested in confrontation than compromise.”

Neither the worries about democracy nor the partisan lines they carry are unique to the youngest generations. In a September CNN poll, 56 percent of American adults of all ages said the nation’s democracy was under attack, with that number rising to 75 percent among party voters. Republic.

The Harvard IOP poll found that young people in the US gave President Joe Biden a modest negative job approval rating, with 46% approving and 51% disapproving. That is down since March of this year, when a previous survey found that 59% agree and 38% disagree. They currently rate Biden better for his handling of coronavirus (51% approval) and education (48%) than his efforts on the economy (38%), crime (37). %) or gun violence (34%).

A third of young adults say they think the Biden administration as a whole is on track for a successful presidency, with 38% saying it’s on the wrong track and 28% saying they’re uncertain.

When asked to choose three of the top accomplishments that would define a successful presidency for them, 58% of young Americans said strengthening the economy was among their top issues, with 45% saying a successful presidency would bring the country together and 42% saying it would involve improving health care. Few choose to tackle climate change (33%), reduce economic inequality (32%), improve public education (28%), ensure social justice (25%), or raise America’s international standing (20%) is one of their top priorities.

A third of young people describe themselves as “politically engaged or politically active” – ​​a finding that marked an increase compared to 2009, when only 24% of adults under the age of 30 describe themselves that way. Fewer than four in 10 in the latest poll say they will definitely vote in next year’s midterm elections.

The Harvard IOP poll surveyed 2,109 adults aged 18-29 from October 26 to November 8. The data was collected by Ipsos Public Affairs using the KnowledgePanel, an online dashboard. nationally representative. The sampling error margin for the total sample is +/- 3.08%.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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