In what may be a sign of sharply declining confidence among voters in the current president’s ability to handle the job he currently has, a new poll reveals that 54% of Americans doubt that Joe Biden will even seek a second term in the Oval Office, according to Fox News.
The news came in a new national survey from Quinnipiac University disseminated to the media on Wednesday, and the poll indicated that just one-third of respondents hold the belief that Biden will run for re-election in 2024.
Not surprisingly, respondents’ opinions were split based on party affiliation, with roughly 75% of Republican participants taking the stance that Biden will not run again, a majority of independent voters sharing that belief, and just 45% of Democrats in agreement, as Fox News noted.
Speculation has followed Biden ever since he announced his 2020 run for the White House as to his potential longevity in the presidency. Currently 78 years of age, Biden was already the oldest individual to ascend to the highest office in the land when elected, and though he has said that it is his “expectation” to run again in 2024, not everyone is so sure.
As Fox News noted, if Biden were to seek re-election and win, he would be 82 years old at the time of his second inauguration and 86 years of age by the time his second term came to an end — an unprecedented, and perhaps unwise, scenario to be sure.
It is not just Biden’s age that gives so many Americans pause when it comes to contemplating a second term, it is also what many believe is the startling cognitive decline that seems to get worse with every passing week.
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), a former White House physician, has recently expressed his belief that something is seriously amiss with Biden’s mental state and has called on the president to submit to a cognitive test much like his predecessor, Donald Trump, did during his time in office.
“There’s something seriously going on with this man right now, and, you know, I think that he’s either going to resign, they’re going to convince him to resign from office at some point in the near future for medical issues, or they’re going to have to use the 25th Amendment to get rid of this man right now,” Jackson said, according to The Hill, referencing the constitutional process for removing a president due to incapacity.
What the future holds in store for Biden, only time will tell, but with the increasingly unpopular Vice President Kamala Harris in the role of party heir apparent, Democrats everywhere must be holding their collective breath to see what happens next.