A fresh ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Sunday revealed troubling statistics for President Joe Biden as he launches his re-election campaign. A substantial 63% of American adults doubt Biden’s mental sharpness to effectively serve as president, while only 32% believe he possesses the necessary acuity. This reflects a nine-percentage-point increase since a similar poll last year.
Additionally, 62% of respondents do not believe that Biden, now 80, is in adequate physical health to serve another term. Only 33% think he is, while 5% have no opinion. This data presents a potential hurdle for the president as he seeks re-election in 2024.
In contrast, former President Donald Trump, aged 76, has received more positive feedback in the poll, with 54% of respondents stating that he has the mental sharpness for the role, and 64% believe he is physically fit enough to serve as president.
The poll also reveals that 26% of Americans think Biden alone is too old to be president, while only 1% share the same view about Trump. Interestingly, 43% of respondents believe that both men are too old for the position.
Biden’s job approval rating has hit an all-time low of 36%, a six-point drop since February, compared to 56% who disapprove of his performance so far. Furthermore, 54% of respondents believe Trump handled the economy better than Biden, with only 36% supporting Biden’s performance in this area.
The latest poll results come on the heels of Biden’s announcement that he and Vice President Harris will be seeking re-election. The findings, based on a random national sample of 1,006 US adults, carry a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.