A brand new poll has found that over two-thirds of American voters have declared they are worried about Joe Biden’s mental and physical ability when it comes to the prospects of him serving a second term.
According to the public opinion survey by NBC News, 68% of likely American voters have either major or moderate concerns with respect to whether he is sufficiently mentally and physically healthy for another four years in the White House.
The poll released on Sunday also found that 32% of the voters have minor or no concerns about the 80-year-old president or were unsure, The Washington Times reports.
A smaller share of Americans, though still more than half – 55% – said they had the same worries about former President Donald Trump, 77, the leading 2024 GOP presidential nomination candidate.
At the same time, 44% of the respondents said they had no or only minor concerns about Trump’s mental and physical ability to be president or were unsure.
The report points out that the NBC poll’s findings come amid growing assertions by Republicans that President Joe Biden is already unfit for office, not to speak of serving a second term.
“Verbal gaffes and physical stumbles have fueled such claims,” The Times notes, reminding readers that Biden tripped over a sandbag and fell on stage during the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony earlier this month.
The Democrat president has constantly fended off questions about his advanced age and mental acuity, claiming “it will not be an issue for voters.”
“[The American electorate is] going to see a race, and they’re going to judge whether or not I have it or don’t have it,” Biden told reporters in April after announcing he was seeking reelection.
“I respect them taking a hard look at it. I take a hard look at it as well — I took a hard look at it before I decided to run, and I feel good, I feel excited about the prospects,” he added.
The NBC News poll was carried out among 1,000 registered voters from June 16-20 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
Roughly two-thirds of voters say they have concerns about President Biden's mental and physical ability to serve a second term, according to an NBC News poll released Sunday. https://t.co/XOwgRYQOU1
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 25, 2023