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ABC News poll shows many Americans doubt Biden’s mental sharpness and physical health

Questions about Biden’s gaffes have been common since the 2020 election

U.S. President Joe Biden departs after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC, May 6, 2023. (Photo: Chris Kleponis/Pool via CNP)

A joint poll by the Washington Post and ABC News shows that many Americans have doubts about U.S. President Joe Biden’s mental sharpness. 

Biden, who is 80 years-old, fared significantly worse in the poll than former U.S. President Donald Trump. 

The poll asked several questions about both presidential candidates. One three-part question asked which of the two is honest and trustworthy, has the mental sharpness to serve as president effectively and in good enough physical condition to serve as president. 

While Biden was the winner in the honest and trustworthy category, with 41% rating him as honest compared to 33% for Trump, the former president was the clear favorite in mental sharpness (54% compared to Biden’s 32%) and physical condition (64% compared to Biden’s 33%). 

The poll also asked U.S. respondents to judge whether either was too old for another term as president. Once again, Trump fared better than Biden. While 26% said that Biden was too old for another term, only 1% said they believe that to be true for Trump. Another 28% said neither candidate was too old. However, 46% of respondents said they are both too old for another term.  

The New York Times recently dedicated an article to the health issues that could affect Biden if he wins another term. While the concerns raised in the article would relate to any person over the age of 80, the Times has dedicated several articles to Biden’s health and mental status over the last two years. 

Biden’s staff allege that many of his gaffes and slip ups stem from a known stuttering problem, for which he received treatment as a child. They point to the memo by White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor, who wrote in February that Biden is a “healthy, vigorous 80-year-old male who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency.” 

Critics of Biden, however, point to the lack of questions in many press briefings, the use of “cheat sheets” when taking questions or attending meetings, and other slips ups such as calling Vice President Kamala Harris “President Harris,” and saying his wife was vice president during the Obama administration. 

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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