A recent NBC News poll shows that a large majority of Americans are concerned about the mental and physical health of President Joe Biden. The result correlates with a number of public surveys that point to potential electoral issues for the president in 2024.
When asked about Biden’s mental and physical health, 68% expressed concern. Only 32% said that they had only minor or no concerns about their health.
Furthermore, a majority of 60% said that they were concerned about Biden’s ability to serve a second term, with 40% disagreeing.
The same poll found considerably less concern about the health of former President Donald Trump and his ability to serve another four years in office.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) June 25, 2023
The news follows a Quinnipiac poll last month that found a significant majority of Americans believe that the president would be too old to serve a second term.
Almost two-thirds of respondents said that the president, now aged 80, would be too old to serve another term. This includes 90% of Republicans, 69% of independents and 57% of Democrats.
Despite being close in age, a majority of 59% of Americans do not believe that Trump is too old to serve another term. A total of 36% of potential voters disagreed.
Furthermore, an ABC News/Washington Post poll published last month found further concern about the president’s health.
The poll found that just 32% of the public believes that Biden has the “mental sharpness” to be president. This compares to 63% who believe the opposite. Furthermore, 62% of Americans said that Biden is not in “good enough physical health” to be president. Just 33% disagreed.
Just as in the Quinnipiac poll, Trump received far higher ratings. A majority of 54% said that he has the mental sharpness for the White House, while 64% said that he had the physical health to serve.
The president’s mental acuity has been in focus during a number of policy and campaign events. At the end of a speech about gun control earlier this month, Biden ended the speech by stating “God save the queen, man.”