Since even before he was elected, many Republicans and independents believed that President Joe Biden was displaying signs of an increasingly diminished mental capacity, though most Democrats remained lockstep in support of their party’s leaders.
A new poll shows that a majority of Democrats have finally caught up with the rest of the nation and now are “concerned” about the status of President Biden’s mental health, the Daily Wire reported.
The potentially career-ending finding about the apparent decline in Biden’s cognitive capabilities comes as the frequency of his gaffes and misstatements has seemingly increased over the course of his tenure in office thus far.
Majority of Democrats now agree
The pollsters at Issues & Insights/TIPP surveyed 1,376 U.S. adults between Oct. 5-7, with a 2.8 percent margin of error, and found that 64 percent of all Americans were at least “somewhat concerned” with President Biden’s mental health, including 41 percent who were “very concerned.”
That is a five-point increase from August, when 59 percent expressed concern about the president’s mental health, including 36 percent who were “very concerned” at that time.
Interestingly enough, most of the growth in that figure came from Democrats, as 52 percent are now “concerned” to some extent about Biden’s mental state, up from just 39 percent in August.
And, that concern appears to be well-spread throughout the different demographic groups, as a majority of every bloc but one — self-proclaimed “liberals” at 45 percent — were “concerned,” and only four other blocs were below the 60 percent threshold … Blacks at 52 percent, independents at 59 percent, single women at 59 percent, and self-proclaimed “moderates” at 58 percent.
Numbers have grown over time
While the addition of a majority of Democrats to the fold is new, overall majority concern for President Biden’s mental health is not, as other polls have told a similar tale over the past year.
In November 2021, a Politico/Morning Consult poll of 1,998 registered voters, with a 2 percent margin of error, found that 50 percent said Biden was not in good health while 48 percent said he was not mentally fit to be president, with those figures being up by 20 points or more compared to a similar poll in October 2020.
Likewise, a February 2022 poll by ABC News/Washington Post of 1,011 U.S. adults, including 904 registered voters, with a 4 percent margin of error, revealed that 54 percent believed that Biden lacked the “mental sharpness” necessary to be an effective president, up substantially from a prior poll in early 2020.
Is it time to discuss the 25th Amendment?
As these polls have made clear, a significant and growing number of Americans, now including even a majority of Democrats, have legitimate questions and concerns about the status of President Biden’s mental health.
That should foreclose any talk of Biden seeking a second term in office as president, and perhaps even brings the Constitution’s 25th Amendment and presidential removal into play, particularly if his increasingly apparent cognitive decline worsens to the point that it would be unacceptable to a majority of Americans for him to even finish out his current term in the White House.