An overwhelming majority of Americans expressed significant concern with the mental and physical health of President Joe Biden. The new survey followed other polls showing similar concerns as well as the report from special counsel Robert Hur that appears to show Biden’s memory slipping.
According to a new NBC News poll, 89% of the public expressed concerns about the president’s mental and physical health. The poll came out two days before Hur’s report. A poll taken after the fact will likely express increased concern about Biden’s mental faculties.
According to the NBC News poll, 62% of all registered voters said that they had “major concerns” regarding whether Biden had “the necessary mental and physical health to be president for a second term.”
The same poll found that 14% more of voters expressed “moderate” concerns, with 13% expressing “minor” worry.
Only 11% of registered voters said that they had “no real concerns” about the president’s mental and physical health.
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Hur wrote in his report that he declined to charge the president regarding his alleged retention of classified documents in part because of his failing memory. Hur reported that the president had significant issues in remembering when he was vice president and when his son Beau Biden died.
The same report said that Hur did not recommendations because at a potential trial, “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
The report was followed by a press conference by the president in which he argued that his memory was fine and that he was the best person to lead the country.
During the same press conference, the president appeared to slip on his words and confused the countries of Mexico and Egypt.
The report and the press conference precipitated a significant amount of criticism for the president, including some calls for Biden to not seek reelection.