Voters are split on whether Biden is mentally fit to be president
Three days ahead of his 79th birthday, a new poll finds voters are split on whether Joe Biden is mentally fit enough and healthy enough for the presidency.
Only 40 per cent of voters surveyed in a new Politico/Morning Consult poll agreed with the statement that Biden ‘is in good health,’ while 50 per cent disagreed.
Biden, who was the oldest person to assume the presidency when he was sworn into office at the age of 78, got a tougher rating when it came to his mental health.
Asked whether Biden is ‘mentally fit’, voters were close to an even split: 46 per cent says he is and 48 per cent disagree.
And asked whether Biden is ‘stable,’ voters are split again with 44 per cent saying he is and 50 per cent disagreeing.
Voters’ opinions on the president’s health appear to be shifting with more of them concerned about his fitness.
In October 2020, when the poll last surveyed the question, voters believed Biden was in good health by a 19-point margin compared to this recent 10 point one. Addtionally, in that October 2020 survey, voters believed Biden was mentally fit by a 21-point margin.
A new poll finds voters are split on whether Joe Biden is mentally fit enough and healthy enough for the presidency
Biden turns 79 on Saturday and the last exetensive update on his health came in December 2019 – during the presidential campaign – where his doctor described him as ‘a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.’
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said recently Biden will undergo his annual physical ‘soon’ and indicated it would be before the end of the year.
‘It is standard for every president to get a physical,’ Psaki said in October. ‘He will get a physical too. When he gets a physical, we will make all of that information available.’
President Donald Trump, who was 70 when he was elected president, mocked Biden’s stamina on the campaign trail in last year’s election, dubbing him with the moniker ‘Sleepy Joe.’
Biden hasn’t helped matters with his tendency toward gaffes – an affilication that has plagued him on and off throughout his more than 40 years in politics. In his first few months in office, he would refer to his vice president as ‘President Kamala Harris’ and White House staff have recently had to clarify comments he made on the situation in Taiwan.
In March, Biden stumbled three times while climbing the stairs to board Air Force One, which his staff blamed on the windy day.
Joe and Jill Biden stay physically active – above they ride their bikes through Cape Henlopen State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in September 2019
In March, Biden stumbled three times while climbing the stairs to board Air Force One, which his staff blamed on the windy day
The president does stay physically active – he and Jill Biden ride bikes when they are at their beach house in Rehoboth, Del., and he plays golf at the local country club when he’s home in Wilmington.
But questions about his health popped up in September, when he coughed frequently in a series of public events.
The White House blamed allergies.
‘I don’t think it’s an issue of concern,’ Psaki said at the time. ‘There’s a range of reasons why we need to clear our throat or have a light cold.’