Following President Joe Biden's disastrous press conference on Thursday evening, more and more Americans have begun to realize the truth about the 81-year-old's deteriorating mental sharpness as the 2024 election approaches.
A new ABC News/Ipsos survey taken just after Biden's remarks, from February 9-10, shows that 86 percent of Americans believe Biden is too old to serve another term in the White House. Amongst that percentage, 59 percent also said that 45th President Donald Trump, who is 77 years old, is too old to serve another four years in the White House.
When broken down by party, 73 percent of Democrats and 91 percent of independents said Biden was too old to serve. For Trump, only 35 percent of Republicans said he was too old. Among independents, a key voting bloc Trump needs to win in November, 71 percent said he was too old to be president again.
The poll, with a margin of error of 4.5 percent, comes when President Biden is dealing with the fallout of special counsel Robert Hur's report on his mishandling of classified documents. As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Hur concluded that he would not be bringing charges against Biden but noted the repeated memory failures during a lengthy interview spanning over two days.
"In an interview with our office, Mr. Biden's memory was worse. He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended ('If it was 2013 - when did I stop being Vice President?'), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began ('in 2009, am I still Vice President?')," the report reads. "He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died. And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him."
"We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory," the report added.
While both presidential candidates are some of the oldest presidents in history, it is clear that Trump remains sharp and energized. Biden has suffered from a visible public decline since he left the vice presidency in 2017 and was elected in 2020. Throughout the 81-year-old Democrat's presidency, he has been seen falling asleep during important functions, mumbling during meetings with world leaders, and repeatedly failing to recall key memories or policy priorities. President Biden, who will be 86 by the end of a second term in 2029, is too old to serve another four years in the White House, and 86 percent of Americans agree.
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