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AOC: Biden is in real danger of losing support young Democratic voters

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 3/25/2022 James Gordon For Dailymail.com

U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said President Biden's falling poll numbers, particularly among younger people, is a real cause for concern as the Midterm elections edge closer. 

The progressive Democrat who represents Queens and The Bronx in Congress said that she believes the president is risking the complete 'collapse' of his support among fellow progressives and young would-be Democratic voters. 

But she believes that all is not yet lost and that the second half of Biden's first term could be saved if the president pushes some of his promised legislation through the use of executive action. 

'We need to acknowledge that this isn't just about middle of the road, increasingly narrow band of independent voters,' Ocasio-Cortez told NY1

'But, this is really about the collapse of support among young people, among Democratic base, feeling like they worked overtime to get this president elected and they aren't necessarily being seen,' she said. 

U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats are concerned about President Biden's falling poll numbers which reached an all-time low this week © Provided by Daily Mail U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats are concerned about President Biden's falling poll numbers which reached an all-time low this week

Ocasio-Cortez said she fears that low polling numbers will see the Democrats hit during November's congressional elections but believes Biden could yet turn things around with some obvious concessions.  

'It is Biden's power and ability to cancel student debt, and nobody else's.'

While on the campaign trail, Biden promised to chop off $10,000 from every college student's deb. It is a promise that remains unfulfilled.  

Ocasio-Cortez said that she believed Biden was still mulling what to do but cautions the 'time for the administration is running out.' 

'We do not have much more time to wait because these falling poll numbers, I don't believe in governing by polling.' 

The Progressive Caucus - led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal and consisting of high-profile liberals like Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar believes that strong support from young people and progressives could be reignited if Biden decides to follow through with his 'promise' on student debt, which she claims would be pushed through via executive action. 

President Biden's approval rating has dropped in recent months with voters complaining about record inflation. This week it dropped to 40 percent © Provided by Daily Mail President Biden's approval rating has dropped in recent months with voters complaining about record inflation. This week it dropped to 40 percent

The cancelling of student debt, is one of a number of items on Biden's agenda that have become stalled in the Senate after moderate Senator Joe Manchin said he could not vote for Biden's signature Build Back Better package of social programs, effectively killing the measure. 


Video: AOC warns Biden of 'collapse in support' from young voters (FOX News)

Biden had urged Congress to pass legislation - in order to codify the items into law. 

With executive action, another president can undo what he orders, just as Biden reserved several of Donald Trump's orders. Executive orders can also be overturned by the courts.

But progressive caucus, a 98-member strong body, has expressed frustration with the lack of legislative process and now wants action. 

The U.S. has more than $1.5 trillion in student debt with the Biden administration continuing to extend the moratorium on loan payments. 

'The Squad' members have urged Biden to cancel at least $50,000 in debt for students and young graduates who are struggling to pay off their vast loans. 

It's a policy popular among Democrat and young Americans, but the president has yet to make a vow to cancel any debt after previously saying he would be comfortable with culling off $10,000. 

Ocasio-Cortez called the debt situation a crisis that would endanger not just the economy, but the country as a whole. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez © Provided by Daily Mail Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rep. Pramila Jayapal © Provided by Daily Mail Rep. Pramila Jayapal

'I cannot understate the danger and the risk — economically, politically, and just where we are right now as a country — of allowing the moratorium on student loan payments to lapse in May,' Ocasio-Cortez told Yahoo Finance earlier this month.

President Biden's approval rating has dropped in recent months with voters complaining about record inflation and this week dropped to 40 percent, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll, an all-time low for the president in that survey. 

The survey showed that Biden had a 54 percent disapproval rating amid high inflation and tensions over Moscow's deadly invasion of Ukraine.

Biden's latest approval ratings mark a 3 point drop from the prior week, and they have been on a steady decline since mid-August when COVID-19 deaths started to increase and the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan. 

Biden's low approval ratings are similar to former President Trump's who also had a  40 percent approval in March of his second year in office. 

Democrats have shown their concern about the sinking numbers in other ways: 31 House Democrats are not running for re-election this year, the highest number since 1992. 

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