The White House is maintaining its commitment to not be swayed by polls, despite President Joe Biden's declining approval ratings. A recent NBC News poll indicated that 70% of voters aged 18 to 34 disapprove of Biden's handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict, and the same poll showed Biden trailing behind former President Donald Trump.
During a White House press briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged the existence of polls but emphasized that the administration will not let them dictate their decisions, stating, "We are not going to govern by polls here." Jean-Pierre attempted to shift focus to the administration's efforts for the American people while criticizing Trump's handling of the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Democrats should be concerned about consistent surveys showing Trump with a slight lead over Biden. Not only are young people disillusioned with Biden's stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict, but they are also expressing a desire for a different Democratic nominee next year.
When asked about winning over young people, Jean-Pierre avoided the question, citing legal restrictions on discussing elections. However, the sentiment is clear – there is a desire for change among young people, and Biden may need to address these concerns to regain trust and support, especially among the younger generation.