Majority of Voters Doubt Biden’s Physical and Mental Capability for Another Term
Trump Leads Biden in Polls
A recent Washington Post-ABC News survey revealed that only 32% of voters believe President Joe Biden has the “mental sharpness” to serve another term, while 54% believe former President Donald Trump does. This poll highlights voters’ concerns about Biden’s age and mental capability, which could spell trouble for his chances of winning another term in the White House.
When asked about their preference for the 2024 election, 44% of voters opted for Trump, while 38% went for Biden, and 18% were undecided. If Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was the GOP nominee, 42% would back him, compared to 37% for Biden. DeSantis is seen as a tougher opponent for Biden, according to most polls.
Trump’s main advantage among respondents is his favorable perception of his stewardship over the economy. Some 53% of voters said that Trump performed stronger on economics, compared to 38% who argued that Biden did.
Biden’s Age and Health Concerns
62% of voters said that Biden is not physically healthy enough to serve, with only 33% believing he is. Meanwhile, only 28% percent of voters said they believed Trump is not physically fit to serve, with 65% saying he is. Biden, 80, received a clean bill of health in a summary of his physical earlier this year, which noted he has some conditions he was receiving treatment for, including hyperlipidemia and gastroesophageal reflux.
Twenty-six percent of voters felt only Biden was too old, compared to 1% who said only Trump is too old. Forty-six percent decided both were too old, and 28% said neither. Biden has grappled with questions about his age throughout his presidency. He would be 82 at the start of a second hypothetical term and 86 by its conclusion.
“I can’t even say the number,” Biden said about his age last month. “It doesn’t register with me. But the only thing I can say is that one of the things that people are going to find out is, they’re going to see a race, and they are going to judge whether or not I have it or don’t have it.”
Trump’s Legal Troubles
One setback for Trump is that a robust majority of respondents concluded that he violated the law on multiple fronts. On the classified document ordeal, 53% to 39% felt he should be indicted. For his role in efforts to overturn the 2020 election, 55% to 39% determined he should face charges. And for his role in the Jan. 6 riot, 54% to 41% said he should face charges.
Trump is currently facing a 34-count criminal indictment for his role in an alleged “catch and kill” scheme during the 2016 election cycle that included paying off porn star Stormy Daniels, who claimed she had an affair with him. He is also facing a lawsuit from gossip columnist E. Jean Carroll. Trump has denied wrongdoing across the board.
The poll was conducted between April 28 and May 3 among 1,006 adults with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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