Headline RoundupMay 14th, 2024

RFK Jr. Gaining Support From Latinos, Young Americans, and Dissatisfied Voters

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Recent polls indicated that Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s independent presidential bid is threatening President Joe Biden’s reelection chances. 

For Context: Kennedy originally launched his campaign as a Democrat, seeking to beat Biden in the primary. Kennedy soon after announced his departure from the Democratic Party and intention to run as an independent, third-party candidate.

Details: A recent New York Times/Siena College poll revealed that in six swing states— Nevada, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin— five of which Biden is trailing former President Donald Trump, Kennedy is polling at or above nine percent. In each of these states, adding Kennedy’s supporters to Biden’s column would give him a lead over Trump. Kennedy is finding the most support from voters under 30, 18% of whom support Kennedy, and Latino Americans, 14% of whom support Kennedy. These are voter demographics that typically would favor the Democratic candidate. Nearly half of Kennedy’s supporters indicated that dissatisfaction with both Biden and Trump was the primary reason they were supporting Kennedy. 

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum framed Kennedy’s polling numbers as a warning sign for Biden and the Democratic Party. The New York Times (Lean Left bias) attributed Kennedy’s success to widespread political dissatisfaction and the Kennedy campaign’s use of social media to directly engage with voters. The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) noted that Trump has also “turned up his attacks on the independent candidate,” indicating that Kennedy is also pulling supporters from the Republican ticket.

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