One-fifth of all Biden voters, including one-fifth of Democrats, regret voting for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, according to a recent poll that was conducted prior to the severely mishandled U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The poll, published on Sept. 3, showed 20 percent of voters regretted voting for Biden, while 76 percent did not. Four percent of voters “were not sure how they felt.” When broken down to political ideology, 21 percent of Democrats admitted regret compared to 29 percent of Republicans.
Zogby Analytics conducted an online survey between Aug. 5 and Aug. 13 of roughly 2,173 Biden voters in the country.
Surprisingly, younger voters seemed more regretful than older voters. 27 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 voiced their regret, while only six percent of voters aged 65 and older were regretful.
Furthermore, “ethnicity also factored in how much voters expressed regret about voting for Biden.” 33 percent of Hispanics and 25 percent of African Americans regretted their votes, compared to 16 percent of white voters.
Pollster Jonathan Zobby pointed out that while these numbers don’t seem like much, regret among voters is a serious concern for Biden, considering that the last two presidential elections have been decided by “tens of thousands of votes.”
“If you take into consideration the size of the electorate, and how the last two Presidential elections (2016 and 2020) were decided by tens of thousands of votes in a handful of battleground states, this could really hurt President Biden’s chances in 2024,” Zobby said.
“But even though Joe Biden has suffered humiliating defeats in recent weeks, he still has time to recover. One still gets the sense his ship is sinking fast, and he might not have any lifeboats aboard to save him. Biden’s low approval numbers, the botched withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, and inflation eating away the purchasing power of Americans are the president’s biggest problems now,” the polling company continued.
It is important to note that the survey took place before the botched troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, where 13 U.S troops were violently killed in an ISIS-K attack and where Americans were left stranded.
“What’s interesting is our poll was taken before the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan,” Zobby clarified. “While Biden tries to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which blew through Louisiana last week, many Americans are not treating the recent events in Afghanistan lightly.”
“Come next poll, many more voters might be expressing regret if Biden and company do not score a victory soon,” he added.