Biden holds slight edge over Trump in poll amid age-related voter concerns, Trump deemed mentally fit by 48% of voters

U.S. President Biden

22nd February 2024 – (Washington) U.S. President Joe Biden appears to have a slim advantage over his predecessor, Donald Trump, in a hypothetical run-off, despite the electorate’s substantial reservations regarding his age, as per the latest findings from Quinnipiac University.

In an intriguing twist that mirrors the nation’s political pulse, 49% of the registered voting demographic reportedly lean towards Biden, while Trump garners the endorsement of 45%, as suggested by the poll conducted from the 15th to the 19th of February.

Yet, it’s not without its caveats. A striking 67% of the electorate harbour doubts about President Biden’s ability to discharge the duties of the presidency effectively at the age of 81. This figure contrasts with the 57% expressing similar concerns about the 77-year-old Trump. Moreover, when it comes to judging mental acuity for the demands of the Oval Office, only 34% affirm Biden’s capabilities, whereas Trump is deemed mentally fit by 48% of voters.

The question of age is casting a long shadow over the political landscape, becoming a focal point of contention within the corridors of both major American parties. In the Republican field, Trump faces criticism from former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, who has not shied away from highlighting the age factor. Concurrently, on the Democratic front, Rep. Dean Phillips has mounted a challenge to Biden’s candidacy, propelled by his conviction that Biden’s years are a detriment to a successful campaign.

Amidst this, President Biden has maintained a stance of defiance against the whispers of age-related decline, particularly following Special Counsel Robert Hur’s assessment labelling him as a “well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory”. This report, which ultimately dismissed the need for criminal charges regarding the president’s handling of classified documents, starkly contrasts the status of Trump’s own classified documents saga.

In response, Biden has been vociferous in dismissing any doubts about his cognitive abilities, a sentiment echoed by Trump who, amidst jabs from Haley, has boasted of his mental sharpness, claiming to feel energetically youthful.

The poll also sheds light on the public sentiment regarding foreign military aid. A majority of 56% approve of ramping up military assistance to Ukraine, a topic that has recently hit a standstill in Congress. However, the nation appears to be split on the issue of bolstering military support to Israel amidst its conflict with Hamas, with a marginal majority, 48% to 44%, expressing opposition—a reflection of growing concerns over the humanitarian implications of the Israeli operations in Gaza.

This survey, encompassing the views of 1,421 registered voters across the United States, comes with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. As the political climate continues to heat up, the nuanced perspectives of the American electorate are poised to shape the narrative in the run-up to the next presidential election.