The Biden administration is facing multiple pressure points at once over a recent higher-than-expected inflation report and difficult negotiations over the nation’s debt ceiling. Concerns over President Joe Biden’s age are further complicating his odds of winning a second term.
At 80, Biden is already the oldest president in American history. Should he win reelection in 2024, he would leave office at the age of 86.
Polling indicates that Biden’s advanced age is a significant concern for voters.
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66% of the public say that a Biden victory would either be a 'setback' or a 'disaster' for the United States."
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A recent Quinnipiac poll showed that 66% of respondents believed that Biden would be too old to “effectively serve another 4-year term as president.” Just 31% of Americans disagreed.
The cohort that believes that Biden is too old includes 41% of Democrats.
In contrast, Biden’s 2020 opponent Donald Trump was described by just 37% as being too old for the job, despite the fact that Trump is currently 76 years old.
Furthermore, a poll from Yahoo News and YouGov showed that a large majority of Americans are concerned about the president’s health.
Among voters, 82% are concerned about his personal health, including 44% who rate themselves as very concerned.
This includes 67% of independents. When asked about whether Biden was too old for another term, 64% of Americans, including 48% of Democrats agreed.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll from earlier this month found a similar concern among the electorate.
In this poll, more than two-thirds of voters said that the president was too old for a second term. The same poll also found that 44% of respondents believed that Donald Trump would be too aged for another term.
Furthermore, the poll underscores a wider concern about Biden’s age and job performance and ranked his approval rating at just 36%.
Biden’s poor approval rankings and concern over his age have not prevented him from announcing a bid for another term.
However, Democrats may find themselves in a delicate situation over a potential successor. While Biden currently holds negative approval ratings, Vice President Kamala Harris consistently ranks as more unpopular than the president.
Furthermore, the president is reportedly annoyed by the vice president’s job performance according to two former White House officials.