A recent poll has revealed that over 75% of Americans believe that President Joe Biden’s age hinders his effectiveness in the White House.
Interestingly, the concern over Biden’s age surpasses that for former President Trump, despite their relatively close ages. This data comes from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs survey.
The survey also highlighted that this perspective is not limited to older demographics. Roughly half of Americans felt that Trump was too old to hold the presidential office. Democrats exhibited a greater likelihood of believing that Trump’s age made him unsuitable for the presidency.
Across political affiliations, respondents expressed a desire for age restrictions to be established for the Supreme Court, Congress, and the presidency. About two-thirds of those polled supported implementing an upper age limit for Congress members and the President, along with a mandatory retirement age for judges.
The Supreme Court saw support from 67% of respondents for a mandatory retirement age, while 66% endorsed age restrictions for candidates aiming for positions in the House, Senate, and presidency.
In the context of a potential rematch of the 2020 contest, a fresh Harvard Harris Poll indicated that Trump remains a dominant figure among Republican candidates. However, Biden’s perceived mental fitness is deteriorating in the eyes of the public.
The survey showed that only 32% of respondents consider Biden mentally fit for the role of President, with 68% harboring doubts about his mental acuity.
Within the Democratic competition, most voters prefer Biden. Yet, if he opts out, Vice President Kamala Harris emerges as the favored candidate, particularly if Biden is not in the running.
For the Republican nomination, 54% of respondents believe Trump will ultimately clinch it. However, if Trump doesn’t become the nominee, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis takes the lead with 29%, followed by Vivek Ramaswamy at 19%, and former Vice President Mike Pence at 13%.
In hypothetical head-to-head matchups, Trump holds a five-point lead over Biden and a nine-point lead over Harris. DeSantis performs comparably with both Biden and Harris.
Six in ten individuals believe Biden should not seek a second term, a sentiment that is similarly shared about Trump.
Back in June, a national survey conducted for NBC News found that 68% of registered voters had moderate to major concerns about Biden’s mental and physical health. This marked a significant increase from October 2020. In the same survey, 55% of voters felt the same way about Trump, despite being slightly younger.