Americans may be growing tired of Joe Biden and have come to believe that the current occupant of the White House no longer has the competence to lead. As the president continues to play the blame game over the debt ceiling, refusing to acknowledge that the GOP has passed a reasonable compromise, Americans recently told the AP that they do not trust that the president knows what he’s doing.
Fortune Magazine reports that “as President Joe Biden embarks on his reelection campaign, just 33% of American adults say they approve of his handling of the economy and only 24% say national economic conditions are in good shape, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Public approval of Biden’s handling of the economy remains low in a time of high inflation, a difficult housing market and concerns about a potential U.S. government debt default. American opinion is also gloomy about Biden’s efforts on gun policy and immigration, with only 31% saying they approve of the president’s performance on those hot button issues. Overall, 40% say they approve of the way Biden is doing his job, similar to where his approval rating has stood for much of the past year and a half.”
The poll comes on the heels of another study showing that Americans do not believe that Joe Biden will live through his next term and remain unsure whether or not the president has the mental facilities even to be the Leader of the Free World.
The Associated Press noted, “Even among Democrats, the poll finds only about half approve of his handling of immigration and gun policy.
‘Everything feels a bit crazy right now in this economy,’ Mosqueda, a mother of two who works at a boutique and is looking to open her own business, said in explaining her disapproval of Biden’s performance. ‘My older daughter is in school now, and I just worry that this lack of gun policy stuff could affect her.’”
The Daily Caller pointed to a study showing that “sixty-one percent of Americans said Vice President Kamala Harris would end up taking over for Biden if he won a second term, according to a Harvard Caps/Harris poll.
The number was higher among Republicans, with 82% saying Biden wouldn’t make it through the presidency. Thirty-five percent of Democrats believed Biden would not be able to serve a full term.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans said they had doubts about his mental fitness, and 65% said Biden is showing he’s too old for office.”
In April, Biden tried to put concerns about his age and senility to rest. He told reporters at the White House that being the oldest president in history “doesn’t register with me.”
The president continued: “but the only thing I can say is that one of the things that people are going to find out, they’re going to see a race and they’re going to judge whether or not I have it or don’t have it.
I respect them taking a hard look at it. I’d take a hard look at as well. I took a hard look at it before I decided to run. And I feel good. I feel excited about the prospects. And I think we’re on the verge of really turning the corner in a way we haven’t in a long time,” The New York Post wrote.
The president has become known for “senile” moments, which have been tracked by The Washington Free Beacon.
Biden would be 86 years old upon completing a second term in the White House.
For nearly two years, Americans have told pollsters that they hope neither Biden nor Donald Trump run for president again in 2024. Validating the AP poll on the perception of the president’s cognitive state, a recent focus group put together by The Washington Post showed, “Nearly all of the 15 gathered swing state voters described feeling negative emotions when they saw President Biden on a television or computer screens — ‘confused,’ ‘concern,’ ‘worry,’ ‘sad,’ ‘sorry’ and even ‘panicked.’
Every single one said they wished Biden and his old Republican foe Donald Trump were not running for reelection. Several offered dire assessments of Biden’s mental and physical capacities, calling him too old or speculating about the possibility of dementia.
But as the focus group moderator steered the conversation to the possibility of a Biden rematch next year with Trump, the mood clearly shifted among these voters, who had all cast a ballot for Trump in 2016 and then Biden in 2020. Nine of the 15 said they would vote again for Biden, three said they would go back to Trump and three said they would either not vote or find a third-party candidate.”