In a recent poll by The Washington Post and ABC, Donald Trump is ahead of President Biden by a margin of 10%. If elections were to take place today, 52% would vote for Trump while 42% would support Biden. Many of those surveyed expressed concerns about Biden’s approach to economic issues and the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as questions about his age.
However, The Washington Post was quick to point out the discrepancies in their findings compared to other surveys. They noted, “Our survey’s results seem to diverge from many other public polls which indicate a neck-and-neck race. This suggests our poll might be an exception.”
Biden’s approval ratings are currently at 37%, with 56% disapproving of his presidency. Within his own party, about 60% of Democrats and those leaning Democratic express a desire for a different nominee. Concerns among critics largely center on his age, his economic policies, and challenges at the border.
Recent actions by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy have also garnered attention. A good 58% of those polled believe Biden is being treated as any president should be under the law, with McCarthy initiating an impeachment inquiry. Only 32% feel he’s being treated unjustly.
Interestingly, younger voters seem to lean more towards Trump, giving him a 20% edge over Biden in the age group of 35 and below.
Age is proving to be a significant factor in perceptions about Biden’s potential re-election. A significant 70% feel that Biden, at 80 years of age, is perhaps too elderly to hold office. In comparison, 50% feel the same about Trump, who at 77, is not far behind. If Biden were re-elected, he would be 82 when inaugurated for his second term.