US President Joe Biden faces a crucial stage of his presidency in the second half of 2022 as Americans vote in the midterms in September. Recent polling should concern the Democrats. The latest ABC News/Ipsos poll finds that the Republican Party is more trusted on a number of issues, including the economy, inflation, and crime. It found, however, that among roughly a third of all American voters, neither party is trusted to deliver positive change.
Recent evidence has also suggested that President Biden doesn’t have the complete support of his own political allies.
Last month, the New York Times ran a story on its front page highlighting that concerns around Mr Biden’s age are growing within the Democratic Party.
Reporter Peter Baker summed up the issue, writing: “His energy level, while impressive for a man of his age, is not what it was, and some aides quietly watch out for him.
“He often shuffles when he walks, and aides worry he will trip on a wire. He stumbles over words during public events, and they hold their breath to see if he makes it to the end without a gaffe.”
Mr Baker also quoted David Gergen, a top former adviser to four presidents, who gave a damning verdict on Mr Biden’s 2024 plans.
He said: “I do feel it’s inappropriate to seek that office after you’re 80 or in your 80s.
“I have just turned 80 and I have found over the last two or three years I think it would have been unwise for me to try to run any organisation. You’re not quite as sharp as you once were.”
However, Professor S.Jay Olshansky disagreed with this, saying that Mr Biden’s age should not matter.
He said: “Right now, there’s no evidence that the age of Biden should matter one ounce.
“If people don’t like his policies, they don’t like what he says, that’s fine, they can vote for someone else. But it’s got nothing to do with how old he is.”
The New York Times also released a poll last year with Siena College which found 64 percent of Democrat voters want the party to nominate a candidate other than Mr Biden.
Asked for their reasons, 33 percent of the respondents cited age as their main concern.
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