Fetterman’s Support from Younger Voters Continues to Decline

(LibertySociety.com) – Pennsylvania Democratic Senator John Fetterman may have once identified as a progressive Democrat, but that is apparently no longer the case. Back in December, Fetterman posted on X, formerly Twitter, writing, “I’m not a progressive, I’m just a regular Democrat.” During his 2022 campaign, Fetterman captured the attention of younger Pennsylvanians, which resulted in 120,000 votes from the 18-29 age group. He netted 19 percent more votes from the group than his opponent Mehmet Oz, according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. He ultimately beat Oz by 185,000, making clear that the younger vote was crucial for such a substantial win.

Since the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack against Israel, Fetterman has been one of the country’s most vocal supporters. During a January 10 speech at the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, Fetterman blasted the South African government for its genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice. Likely referring to South Africa’s human rights violations against white people, Fetterman said, “Maybe you ought to sit this one out!” Other Democrat attendees included New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin.

Fetterman’s support from young voters has dwindled, according to a recent poll from Quinnipiac University. The poll surveyed 1,680 registered Pennsylvania voters, of which 45 percent aged 18-34 viewed Fetterman unfavorably. Just 28 percent of the age group reported a favorable view of him, and another 27 percent said they did not know enough information to provide an answer.

Contrarily, 56 percent of voters aged 65 and older reported a favorable view of Fetterman, with only 35 percent having a negative perception. Eight percent in the age group said they did not know enough about him to answer, and one percent declined to respond. A December New York Times/Siena College nationwide poll showed that only 27 percent of young voters have sympathy for Israel and 44 percent have sympathy for Palestinians.

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