A majority of Americans said they were concerned about the mental health of President Joe Biden, a poll revealed.
The succession of mistakes made by the 79-year-old Democrat during speeches, awkward moments and some missteps (particularly stumbling when boarding the presidential plane Air Force One), alerted the majority of American citizens, and even those around them.
The concern is growing, as the legislative elections in November approach, and when the Democrats must find the ideal candidate to keep the White House in the hands of the party.
According to the Issues & Insights/TIPP survey, 59% of respondents said they were “concerned” about the president’s mental health, with 36% saying they were “very concerned” and 23% “somewhat concerned.”
Only 39% (four out of 10) were calm about it: “They are not very worried” (18%), “they are not worried at all” (21%) and the remaining 2% answered that “they are not sure” about the powers of the president.
The poll results showed a deep divide along party lines.
Only 39% of Biden’s fellow Democrats said they were “concerned,” while 82% of Republicans and 56% of independents said the same.
Factors such as gender and age had almost no effect on the opinions of those surveyed, with 59% of men and women expressing concern about Biden’s mental health.
Among those who said they were not concerned were 39% of men and 38% of women.
When filtered by race and ethnicity, the poll results revealed that 61% of Hispanics and 63% of white Americans were concerned about Biden’s mental health, but only 44% of black Americans shared that opinion. .
When broken down by age, the survey results showed that 59% of 18-24 year olds, 62% of 25-44 year olds, 57% of 45-64 year olds and 56 % of those over 65 were concerned about Biden’s condition.
“The fact is, based on this polling data, there is genuine concern among virtually every group about Biden’s cognitive health,” wrote Terry Jones, editor of Issues & Insights.
“It has taken on political urgency with the looming 2022 midterm elections, which, if Republicans prevail, could well turn Biden into a lame duck,” Jones stressed.
The survey was conducted online over the course of two days in early August among 1,355 adults across the country.
It has a margin of error of 2.8% of the polls.
As the poll was released, Biden was filmed in the last few hours struggling to put on his jacket and drop his trademark aviator sunglasses as he returned from a trip to Kentucky to survey damage left by recent flooding.
Other recent slips by the president include his saying that the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, took place in 1918.