Sick Man of Scranton: Americans Deeply Concerned About Joe Biden's Health, Poll Finds

November 17, 2021

Roughly half of American voters are concerned about President Joe Biden's physical and mental health, according to a recent POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

Just 40 percent of survey respondents said they agreed with the statement that Biden "is in good health," compared with 50 percent who disagreed. The 10 percentage-point gap represents a swing of nearly 30 points since October 2020, the last time Morning Consult included the question in a poll, when respondents said Biden was in good health by a 19-point margin.

Voters are only slightly more confident in the state of Biden's mental health, with 46 percent of poll respondents agreeing that the president is mentally fit and 48 percent disagreeing. That's a 21-point swing compared with the results of the October 2020 survey.

This lack of confidence in Biden's fitness to serve must be extremely distressing for millions of Americans, given the fact that Vice President Kamala Harris is a heartbeat away from the presidency. She has an approval rating of just 28 percent, and even her former staffers are terrified at the thought of her becoming president.

Though Biden is significantly more popular than Harris, his approval rating has been in steady decline since his inauguration and has plummeted in recent months. According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, Biden's approval rating was around 52 percent in late July. It currently sits at an all-time low of 41.5 percent.

While both Democrats have humiliated themselves and their country on numerous occasions, Biden's gaffes have raised serious questions about his mental fitness. Earlier this year, for example, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D., N.Y.) described how Biden "just sort of stared at me" and said nothing after the congressman urged him to get more involved in the party's push for so-called voting rights.

According to the Mayo Clinic website, "difficulty communicating or finding words" is a common symptom of dementia.