In a new CBS poll released on Sunday, a significant 72 percent of Americans have expressed doubts about President Joe Biden’s physical fitness for another four years in office, adding a new layer of uncertainty to the upcoming presidential race. The survey also highlights the resurgence of former President Donald Trump in the political arena.
Biden Trails Trump by One Point Within Margin of Error
The poll’s headline finding is that President Biden is trailing former President Trump by a mere one point in a head-to-head matchup. However, it’s important to note that this narrow margin falls well within the poll’s 2.1 percent margin of error, making the race too close to call at this stage.
Age Doesn’t Diminish Concerns About Health
Despite being two years older than Trump, Biden faces challenges in how voters perceive his physical and mental health. When asked about who is “physically healthy enough to be president,” the poll revealed that 43 percent of respondents believed “only Donald Trump” fits the bill, while 29 percent thought neither candidate was up to the task. Only 16 percent of those surveyed expressed confidence that “only Biden” is competent to serve from a physical health perspective.
Mental and Cognitive Health Also Under Scrutiny
Concerns about mental and cognitive health are equally prominent. A significant 44 percent of respondents felt that “only Trump” is mentally fit to serve as president, with 23 percent believing that neither candidate possesses the necessary mental acuity. Only 26 percent felt that “only Biden” is sufficiently fit from a mental and cognitive standpoint.
GOP Criticism of Biden’s Health Persists
One of the lasting criticisms from the GOP has revolved around Biden’s mental and cognitive health, given that he is the oldest president ever to occupy the Oval Office. This criticism has been echoed by Republicans and some Democratic pundits who have openly questioned Biden’s fitness for the role.
Trump’s Polling Surge Despite Legal Challenges
Remarkably, former President Donald Trump’s polling numbers have surged in recent months, despite facing four criminal indictments across four different jurisdictions. According to the Real Clear Politics national average, Trump now holds a slight lead over Biden, with a margin of 0.6 percent.
As the 2024 presidential election draws nearer, these survey results are expected to play a pivotal role in shaping the political landscape. Concerns about the health and fitness of presidential candidates, particularly their ability to serve a full term, are likely to remain at the forefront of the political discourse throughout the campaign season.
The CBS News/YouGov Survey, conducted from September 12-15, involved a national sample of 4,002 U.S. adults. The poll’s results were meticulously weighted to account for age, race, and education, providing a comprehensive snapshot of the American electorate’s sentiments.
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