Poll finds 77% of Americans believe Biden is too old for another term

By 
 August 29, 2023

The results of a recent poll show that over three quarters of Americans believe President Joe Biden is too old to complete another term. 

Commissioned by the Associated Press and carried out between August 10 and August 14 by NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, the survey found that this view is held by 77% of Americans.

Even 69% of Democrats doubt Biden's ability to function

Unsurprisingly, Republicans were the group most likely to express skepticism over Biden's abilities, with 89% saying he is too "is too old to effectively serve another 4-year term as president."

More alarming for the president's team is that 74% of independent voters and even 69% of Democrats harbor the same doubts.

Also of concern is the finding that former President Donald Trump's age appears to be less of an issue despite him being only three years younger and a half years younger than Biden.

Only 28% of Republicans and 48% of independent voters say Trump is too old for another White House term. That number jumps to 71% when the question is put to Democrats.

"I see all the symptoms my grandpa had"

Thirty-one-year-old Diego Saldana is among those who are hesitant to see Biden as a competent executive, telling the Associated Press, "I see all the symptoms my grandpa had. You can’t be ruling a country."

Thirty-four-year-old Eric Colwell voted for Biden in 2020 but now says, "You want your leaders, from a visual standpoint, to be spry and energetic. And we tend to fall short."

"Biden was a good step to steady the water. Biden is more representative of the status quo and normalcy and that’s probably what drew everyone initially to him," Colwell continued.

"Now you have a return to stability. But in terms of moving forward and having any measurable change on my generation, we’re probably going to need younger leadership," he concluded.

Some voters have questions about both Trump and Biden

Sixty-three-year-old Oklahoma resident Greg Pack told the Associated Press that he questions whether either Trump or Biden is truly fit to serve, saying, "Just watching and listening to Biden it’s pretty self-evident he is not what he was."

Pack acknowledged that Trump seems to be "a lot sharper than Biden before adding, "but at the end of his term, who knows?"

Republicans have long argued that Joe Biden is suffering from mental decline, often pointing to his history of making bizarre and nonsensical statements.

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