Americans’ confidence in President Joe Biden’s mental fitness is declining as he nears a full year in office, a new poll shows. In addition, a majority believe the nation is heading in the wrong direction.
The morning Consult/Politico poll, released Wednesday, shows that just 44% believe that Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is “stable,” while 50% said the opposite. The gap widened to 10 points when asked whether Biden “is in good health,” with 40% saying yes and 50% saying no.
Americans say 48%-46% that Biden is not “mentally fit,” the poll added.
In another question – “Now, generally speaking, would you say that things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?”, 64% believe the U.S. is on the wrong track.
The poll is shocking when comparing Morning Consult’s poll from a year ago, for October 2020, where Americans said Biden was mentally fit by a 21-point margin. The 56% who said that Biden was fit was also far higher than the 42% who said the same for former President Donald Trump.
The new survey also showed Biden’s approval at 44%, nine points lower than the 53% who disapproved, in line with other recent polls.
Approval of his handling of the economy, security, and health care — three top issues for voters, according to the poll — were underwater as well, measuring at 40%, 38%, and 43%, respectively.
The poll found that most Americans did not find Biden to be a clear communicator, energetic, or a strong leader by margins of 20, 26, and 17 points, respectively.
While Biden’s approval remained underwater, the poll showed congressional Democrats are still competitive against their Republican colleagues.
The two parties were tied at 43% when voters were asked who they would vote for on a generic ballot, and Democrats had a higher favorability rating than Republicans, beating them 40% to 37%.
The poll was conducted from Nov. 13-15 among 1,998 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.