Not only are President Joe Biden’s approval ratings in the dumper, a lot of Americans don’t even think the 79 year old will finish his term.
Biden has only been in office a little more than 14 months, but one in five don’t think he’ll last the next 33 months, a new survey found.
“[A]fter a year of record inflation and gasoline price hikes, devastating COVID lockdowns, a surge of illegal immigration, the botched departure from Afghanistan, and growing questions over the 79-year-old president’s mental fitness, a surprising number of Americans now think Biden won’t last even another two and a half years in office, according to the latest I&I/TIPP Poll,” Issues & Insights reported.
When asked “In your opinion, how likely is it that Joe Biden will complete his first term in office?” a large majority (71%) said it’s likely. But 21% said it was “not likely” he’ll finish his term.
“A closer look at the data provides little comfort for Biden’s own pollsters and political advisers,” Issues Insights reported. “Just 45% of those responding said it was ‘very likely’ Biden would last. Some 25% said it was only ‘somewhat likely,’ hardly a vote of confidence in Biden’s presidential future. Another 8% said they are ‘not sure.'”
The new survey comes just days after some Senate colleagues questioned whether Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is still fit for office.
“When a California Democrat in Congress recently engaged in an extended conversation with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, they prepared for a rigorous policy discussion like those they’d had with her many times over the last 15 years,” The San Francisco Chronicle reported. “Instead, the lawmaker said, they had to reintroduce themselves to Feinstein multiple times during an interaction that lasted several hours.”
“Rather than delve into policy, Feinstein, 88, repeated the same small-talk questions, like asking the lawmaker what mattered to voters in their district, the member of Congress said, with no apparent recognition the two had already had a similar conversation,” the paper said.
Of course, lawmakers don’t like to simply retire and fade away. They’ve spent their lives in the limelight and disappearing is their big fear. What’s more, when lawmakers die in office, they sometimes lay in state in the U.S. Capitol, a high honor.
But there is concern now that Feinstein is “rapidly deteriorating.”
“Four U.S. senators, including three Democrats, as well as three former Feinstein staffers and the California Democratic member of Congress told The Chronicle in recent interviews that her memory is rapidly deteriorating. They said it appears she can no longer fulfill her job duties without her staff doing much of the work required to represent the nearly 40 million people of California,” the Chronicle said in a piece headlined “Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions.”
The questions about Feinstein prompted MSNBC’s Chuck Todd to say: “It’s a tricky thing. If you start … questioning Dianne Feinstein, the president of the United States is going to start getting this stuff, and that’s something the party doesn’t want to have to deal with, those questions here.”
Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent, and ran the Drudge Report from 2010 to 2015. Send tips to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.