IOP Harvard Youth Poll finds young Americans worried about democracy and even civil war
More than half of young Americans feel democracy in the country is under threat, and over a third think they may see a second U.S. civil war within their lifetimes, according to the 42nd Harvard Youth Poll. The survey, released by Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) on Wednesday, also found approval of President Biden has plummeted, and a majority of respondents are unhappy with how the president and Congress are doing their jobs. Many respondents feel strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are worried about the threat of climate change. Half of all respondents also said they struggled with feelings of hopelessness and depression. The IOP Harvard Youth Poll, which is conducted twice a year and has run for over 20 years, captured responses on these topics and others from 2,109 people between the ages of 18 and 29, from across the country.
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