As Fewer Young People Intend To Vote, Decline Is ‘Most Pronounced’ Among Black Voters, New Poll Finds


While the number of young people intending to vote in next year’s presidential election has fallen compared to four years prior, the decline among young Black voters is the one that is “most pronounced,” according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The Harvard Youth Poll found stark differences in voting intentions among all young voters from different backgrounds and political affiliations. But young Black voters, in particular, stood out because they had the highest percentage, closely followed by young Hispanic voters.

MORE: Funds Pledged To Mobilize Black Male Voters As Polls Claim More African Americans Supporting Trump

Specifically, the Harvard Youth Poll found that the “decline in voting intention is most pronounced among younger Black Americans” ages 18 to 29.

The poll’s results seemingly don’t bode well for President Joe Biden’s re-election efforts, what with all levels of Black voters disproportionately historically supporting Democrats. However, a closer look at the polling results suggests Republicans could be most adversely affected if the trend keeps up through Election Day 2024.

In particular, about 12% fewer young Black voters said they intend to vote next year than they did in 2019. Four years ago, that number stood at 50%. Now, it’s fallen to just 38%, the poll found in part.

While not broken down along racial lines, the poll found that 18- to 24-year-olds were the ones who expressed the most intention against voting, compared to 25- to 29-year-olds.

If the polling results are an accurate reflection of the American youth voting demographic, they may not affect Biden’s candidacy as much as they might appear since 38% of the respondents identified as independents – a group that also shows a double-digit decline in intentions to vote compared to 2019.

But the largest decline among all youth voters comes from those identifying as Republicans, the poll found.

In 2019, 66% of all young Republican voters said they intended to cast ballots in the 2020 election. This year, that number fell to 56%. Young independent voters also experienced a 10% decline compared to 2019.

Those numbers stand in stark contrast to just 2% fewer young Democrats intending to vote (66%) compared to four years earlier.

Read the full poll’s results by clicking here.

The Harvard Youth Poll – which surveyed more than 2,000 people and has a margin of error of nearly 3% – didn’t address the vice presidency. However, past polling has shown that Generation Z is all in when it comes to Vice President Kamala Harris in findings that could have broad implications for the 2024 election.

An Economist/ poll conducted between April 29 and May 2 and surveying 1,500 adults found that the nation’s youngest voters from 18- to 29-year-olds overwhelmingly support Harris and expressed their extreme faith in her ability to be president.

When it comes to approving of Harris’ job performance, 60% of the Gen Z voters polled indicated they either somewhat approve or strongly approve of her as vice president. Aside from Black voters as a whole, those were by far the strongest approval numbers for Harris of any demographic surveyed.

When asked whether Harris qualified to be president, 52% of the Gen Z voters responded in the affirmative. That’s second only to Black voters’ 58%.

When it came to the topic of whether Gen Z voters think Harris is honest and trustworthy, 52% of the young respondents said yes. That’s in comparison to 61% of Black voters responding the same way.

Finally, on likeability, 51% of the Gen Z voters surveyed responded in the affirmative regardless of whether they are with her politics. Sixty percent of Black voters responded similarly.

Harris’ approval matters because Republicans have been suggesting the morbid idea that President Joe Biden’s age (he’s 80 years old) increases the chances of him not being able to fully serve another term should he be reelected. Those politics of fear have been employed by conservatives like Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley in an effort to scare people at the prospects of Harris, 58, becoming president, an ascension that would make her the first woman and Black woman commander-in-chief.


New Hampshire Refusing To Change Primary Election Date Is Called ‘A Slap In The Face To Black Voters’

Ohio’s Black Voters Credited For Protecting Abortion Access, Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

The post As Fewer Young People Intend To Vote, Decline Is ‘Most Pronounced’ Among Black Voters, New Poll Finds appeared first on NewsOne.

Help Stop Hate! Spread Love

Widely disseminated misinformation is extremely harmful and serves as a catalyst for hatred, violence and prejudice of every kind. This is counterproductive to the unification and strengthening of a nation. News outlets and journalists have a major responsibility to maintain a high degree of partiality and truthfulness that many Americans feel is not being honored. ADL, the Anti-Semitism Defense League is dedicated to offering impartial education on issues involving anti-Semitism to help Americans make informed decisions. A not-for-profit public service organization powered by Love, ADL provides free resources that educate society on anti-Semitism and ways to work together to combat the ancient hatred while promoting equality and prosperity for all people.

Free Download


Featured Articles

Breach of Contract and Conspiracy to Deprive of Civil Rights: An Evaluation of Potential Legal Claims and Criminal Charges Stemming from the Defamatory Social Lynching of Kyrie Irving

Basketball star Kyrie Irving captured the media’s attention when he faced allegations of anti-Semitism due to a social media post containing a link to the film, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.” Succumbing to external pressure, Irving removed the controversial post and offered a public apology. Nonetheless, upon further examination of the circumstances, it appears that Irving might have been criminally deprived of his rights, and could potentially possess a legal claim against his former employer for violating contractual terms.

Send Us A Message

News & Opinions