Most think Joe Biden will be ‘too old’ in second term

President Joe Biden’s age remains a concern for Americans should he serve a second term, a Rasmussen Reports survey released on Friday found.

The poll show likely voters showing waning confidence in Biden’s physical and mental ability to serve as president. While 51% said they were at least “somewhat confident” that he was physically and mentally up to the job of Commander-in-Chief, only 30% were “very confident”. Additionally, 47% expressed little confidence, and of these, 37% said they were “not at all confident”.

Notably, 51% of Democrats said they were “very” confident in Biden’s abilities, compared to 12% of Republicans and 27% of independents who said the same.

The survey also found a plurality, 48%, expressing a belief that others are making decisions for Biden behind the scenes, rather than the president actually doing the president’s job himself. Only 44% think he “really does the president’s job”.

Nearly a quarter of Democrats, 23%, believe others make decisions for Biden behind the scenes – a sentiment shared by 74% of Republicans and a plurality – 49% – of independents.

Finally, the survey asked respondents what they would think of Biden’s age at the end of a second term if he runs, becomes the nominee and wins the general election. In this scenario, Biden would be 86 at the end of his second term. Fifty-nine percent said he was “too old” to be president. There is also a bipartisan consensus on this, as 52% of Democrats, 71% of Republicans and 54% of independents agree that 86 is too old to be president.

The survey was conducted February 26-28, 2023 among 1,000 likely US voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3%. This follows multiple polls showing Democrats hesitant to pick Biden as their nominee. For example, a recent YouGov/The Economist find that more than a third of 2020 Biden voters, 36%, do not want him to run in the next presidential race.

Biden is 80 and will turn 81 in November. Former President Donald Trump, who is vying to challenge Biden again in 2024, is 76 and will turn 77 this summer.


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