June 25, 2020
A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll has found that 33% of U.S. voters rate President Donald Trump’s health as poor—and 27% are not so sure that former Vice President Joe Biden is in fine fettle either.
Conversely, 30% believe that the 74-year-old incumbent POTUS is in good or excellent health; and 39% believe Biden is hale and hearty.
Last week, the Trump campaign launched a website citing “Biden’s descent into incoherence” and arguing the former vice president is in cognitive decline. Trump’s rhetoric has constantly attacked attack Biden as “sleepy.”
Yet days after the rollout of the website, Trump found himself on the defensive regarding his physical well-being, Politico reports. Footage from his June 13 graduation address at the U.S. Military Academy showed the president haltingly descending a ramp and using two hands to drink a glass of water.
Although the videos circulated among liberal circles online for a number of days, the story was largely forgotten before Trump devoted significant time to addressing the incidents during his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20.
Voters will split sharply along party lines in the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats said Trump was in poor health, while 52% of Republicans said the same for Biden. Just 7% of Republicans rated Trump’s health as poor, and only 6 percent of Democrats said Biden was in poor health.
“The state of President Trump’s health is the latest issue to fall along party lines. While a plurality of Republican voters rate the president’s health as ‘excellent,’ only 3% of Democrats say the same,” said Kyle Dropp, co-founder and chief research officer at Morning Consult.
If elected, Biden would be the oldest person to assume the presidency on Inauguration Day—surpassing Trump, who is the current record-holder.
The former vice president, known for his history of gaffes, has had to combat questions about his age and health throughout his primary campaign.
Neither man has released his full health records.
The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted June 19-21, surveying 1,988 registered voters.
Research contact: @politico