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Biden's youth rebound

(the Generation Lab/ Cyrus Beschloss)


Key findings

- 57% of Democrats consider Joe Biden to be the leader of the party

- 62% of respondents think Biden should pursue major legislation even when it has no Republican support

- The most common feelings to the Biden Administration are "Optimism" (listed by 64%), followed by "Relief" (55%) and Pride (24%)


Overview: When a decade's worth of political change packs itself into a two-month news-quake, the status quo rattles. So too, do young people's views on President Biden.

  • What's new: Young people back Biden in a way we haven't seen since he launched his campaign. Not only are they pushing out a post-Trump sigh, but are showing signs of affirmative support for the new Administration.

Plus: Most consider Biden leader of the party.

But: They expect Biden to hold up his end - most respondents want big bills, even when there's no bipartisan appetite.

2020.12.14 TGL Poll 3 - Report 1
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Axios/Generation Lab poll | n=807 | Jan. 22-24

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1- "Do you approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as President?"

  • Approve: 81%

  • Disapprove: 19%

2 - Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump handled his job as president?

  • Approve: 20%

  • Disapprove: 80%

3 - What are your overall feelings about the Biden-Harris Administration? (Select ALL that apply)

  • Optimism: 64%

  • Relief: 55%

  • Pride: 24%

  • Anxiety: 22%

  • Disgust: 9%

  • Anger: 5%

4 - With President Biden's emphasis on unity, should he pursue sweeping legislation when it has no Republican support?

  • Definitely should: 21%

  • Probably should: 41%

  • Probably should NOT: 27%

  • Definitely should NOT: 11%

5 - Irrespective of who you voted for, who will you look to as the leader of the Democratic Party (AMONG DEMS):

  • Joe Biden: 57%

  • Bernie Sanders: 13%

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 9%

  • Kamala Harris: 10%

  • Nancy Pelosi: 7%

  • Pete Buttigieg: 1%

  • Joe Manchin: <1%

6 - Irrespective of who you voted for, who will you look to as the leader of the Republican Party? (AMONG GOP)

  • Donald Trump: 57%

  • Mike Pence: 19%

  • Mitch McConnell: 17%

  • Mitt Romney: 5%

  • Nikki Haley: 1%

  • Josh Hawley: 1%

7 - How has your political engagement changed over the last 4 years?

Reading the news

  • More often: 68%

  • As often: 19%

  • Less often: 13%

Talking about politics with friends

  • More often: 71%

  • As often: 16%

  • Less often: 15%


This study was conducted from January 22nd to January 24th from a representative sample of 807 students nationwide from 2-year and 4-year schools. The Generation Lab conducts polling using a demographically representative sample frame of college students at community colleges, technical colleges, trade schools and public and private four-year institutions.

We choose respondents using an exhaustive list of all post-secondary institutions in the United States, and - in random order - engage students through a combination of methods to give any student at each school as equal a chance of being surveyed as possible, including students at HBCU’s, women’s-only colleges, tribal colleges and technical colleges.

This approach mitigates biases resulting from a non-random approach. The final frame used in our polling closely resembles a probability sample of college students in the United States.


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