Grumpiest Old Men – American Voters Don't Want Donald Trump Nor Joe Biden: American voters clearly don't want either grumpy old man in the White House. A new ABC News/Ipsos poll conducted after the release of the Hur Report last week finds that a majority of Americans (59%) believe that both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are too old for another term as president.
Just over one in ten Americans (11%) said that neither man is too old to serve another term.
"Partisanship plays a large part in assessments of the candidates' age with the majority of Republicans (62%) saying only Biden while the majority of both Democrats (69%) and Independents (70%) say both are too old," Ipsos announced on Sunday.
Twenty-seven percent said only Biden is too old, while 3% said only Trump is too old.
The poll was conducted in the two days after special counsel Robert Hur released his report on President Biden's handling of classified documents, and it described Mr. Biden as a "well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory."
Concerns over the age of both candidates have increased since September when an ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 74% of Americans thought Biden – the oldest commander-in-chief in U.S. history – was too old to serve another term as president, while 49% said the same about Trump.
Biden is 81, while Trump is 77.
The Issue of Age Has Been Hurting Joe Biden More
Biden's age has long been a problem for voters, and it is only getting worse. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research last summer found that a vast majority of Americans (77%) said Biden was too old to be effective for four more years.
That survey found that 89% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats voiced concerns over Biden's age.
Yet, that poll from August noted that about half of U.S. adults said Trump was also too old for the office – yet Democrats were far more likely to disqualify Trump by age than are Republicans.
The Age Game
As Time magazine suggested, age will be an issue for voters – and a weapon for the campaigns, which will be working to make their opponent seem doddy, senile, and infirm, while presenting their guy as the picture of vim and vigor.
Biden and Trump have both increasingly made verbal gaffes on the campaign trail, but the sitting presidents have been largely seen as worse. Moreover, Biden has conducted far fewer press conferences and sit-down interviews than his predecessors, and he even opted to skip the traditional Super Bowl interview this past weekend.
Both candidates are trying to focus on the issues – from jobs to inflation to conflicts around the globe. Biden has also admitted he might not be running if it wasn't for Trump, and pundits have suggested Trump is only running due to his defeat in 2020. Whether either man even wants the job at this point isn't fully clear, and American voters largely don't like either option.
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