A recent poll released over the weekend found that the vast majority of voters believe that President Biden is not up to the job either mentally or physically.
The 80-year-old Biden is the oldest man to ever be sworn into the presidency, and multiple polls have shown that his advanced age is a central concern among voters. This concern has not gone unnoticed by the White House and the president’s reelection campaign. And according to the Associated Press, the president plans to confront the worries about his age by making jokes about it.
In a recent White House event, the president joked that he served in the Senate for 270 years. While speaking at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in January, Biden noted that the church has been there for 136 years, then joked that he might look like it, but he hasn’t.
But jokes alone may not help curb concerns that Joe Biden, who will be 82 on Election Day, is simply too old to be the President and Commander-in-Chief.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll found that solid majorities of voters don’t believe Biden has what it takes, either physically or mentally, to lead the country.
When asked if Biden has the “mental sharpness” to “effectively” serve as president, 63 percent of registered voters said he does not. When asked if the president is “in good enough physical health” to serve, 62 percent said no.
While the majority of Democrat respondents still think Biden is both physically and mentally fit to serve, the poll found that 21 percent of Democrats believe he isn’t mentally sharp while 23 percent said he doesn’t have the physical health to serve.
But a solid majority of Independents, 69 percent, do not think Biden is mentally fit while 65 percent say he is not physically up to the job.
Among Republicans, a staggering 94 percent do not think Biden is mentally sharp and 93 percent do not believe he is physically fit for the job.
With numbers like this, Biden’s decision to make light of his advancing age may only serve to call further attention to it.