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86% of Americans think Biden too old for president, poll shows

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks from the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
February 12, 2024

A new poll shows that 86% of American adults believe 81-year-old President Joe Biden is too old to be re-elected to a second term as president of the United States.

An ABC News and Ipsos poll released on Sunday found that the number of Americans who believe Biden is too old for another four years in the White House increased 12% since a September poll with The Washington Post. While ABC News reported in September that 74% of Americans thought Biden was too old to serve another term as president, the number jumped to 86% over the weekend following Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Biden’s handling of classified documents last week.

According to the poll, 59% of American adults think both Biden and former President Donald Trump are too old to serve as president, while 27% of Americans think only Biden is too old to serve as president. The report also found that 91% of independents and 73% of Democrats believe Biden is too old to serve a second term as president.

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The most recent ABC News and Ipsos poll was conducted Friday and Saturday, compiling the answers of 528 adults. According to Ipsos, the survey had a 95% confidence level with a 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

The poll comes amid fallout from Hur’s report on the investigation into Biden’s handling of classified information. While Hur did not recommend charges against Biden for his handling of classified information, Hur described Biden as an “elderly man with a poor memory.”

The Special Counsel’s report included multiple examples of the president’s “significantly limited” memory based on interviews with Biden during the investigation and warned that a jury would be unlikely to convict Biden if charges were brought against him over his handling of classified information due to his memory issues. The report described the president’s memory as “fuzzy,” “hazy,” and “faulty.”

In response to Hur’s assessment of the president, Biden held a press conference Thursday night, where he claimed that his memory was “fine.” However, while the president attempted to discredit Hur’s assessment of his memory, Biden appeared to confuse two foreign presidents and forget the name of a Catholic parish during his press conference.