Poll Finds Economy Number One Concern For Students As Biden Remains Unpopular
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A new poll commissioned by the Young America’s Foundation found that the economy is the number one concern for college and high school students as President Joe Biden remains unpopular among the demographic.

The poll, conducted by Echelon Insights, found that high school and college students overwhelmingly see the economy as the top concern, more than issues like abortion or the climate. The survey examined the views of 821 high school students and 804 college students from June 4 to June 9.

Of those surveyed, 44% of college students and 48% of high school students said the economy was their number one concern. In 2020, college students were a crucial demographic for Biden with an estimated 61% of young people (ages 18-29) casting a vote for Biden.

“Despite the Left’s never-ending focus on ‘progressive’ social issues, students are largely indifferent. Only 12% of high school students and 25% of college students consider abortion to be a top concern, while racial issues and LGBTQ+ ‘rights’ are even less of a priority,” YAF said in a statement.

Other top issues for students included school safety, political corruption, and health care.

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Inflation has been a persistent issue under Biden, with elevated food, gas, and housing prices hampering the economy. Biden’s popularity among young people has also plunged since his inauguration in January 2021.

According to the poll, just 30% of college students and 32% of high school students approve of Biden. Those numbers are down from 62% and 58% respectively in 2021. Of college students who identify as liberal, just 42% approve of Biden’s performance.


The survey found that 63% of college students, a critical demographic for Biden’s re-election campaign, are not very or not confident at all in Biden’s ability to be an effective leader when it comes to young people.

Students were also polled on a range of policy issues from immigration to women’s sports with strong majorities saying it was unfair for males who identify as females to compete in women’s sports. Sixty-three percent of high schoolers and 60% of college students said it would be unfair at any level for a male identifying as a female to compete in a women’s athletic competition.

“Our polling shows the biggest issue young people care about right now is the economy,” said former Wisconsin GOP governor and Young America’s Foundation President Scott Walker. “It’s crucial that YAF continues to teach high school and college students the timeless principles of individual liberty and the free market so that future generations ensure the continued success of our great nation.”

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