Majority of Voters Say Biden Unfit, Shouldn’t Run, Should Debate Rivals if He Does - and Would Be Too Old if He Wins

Craig Bannister | July 26, 2023
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With serious concerns about Pres. Joe Biden’s health and age, a majority of U.S. voters – including Democrat voters – say they don’t want him to seek his party’s nomination to run for president in 2024, new national polls show.

The surveys reveal that majorities of voters think Biden shouldn’t seek reelection and should publicly debate his Democrat challengers, if he does. They also find that majorities believe that, today, Biden isn’t physically and mentally fit to be president - and that he’ll be told old to do the job by the end of his second term, if he is reelected.

Two-thirds (67%) of registered voters say Biden shouldn’t run again, results of a Poll survey, conducted July 5-7, reveal. Nearly half (45%) “strongly agree” Biden should “stand down.”

“Agree or disagree: Joe Biden should stand down and let younger Democrats seek the party’s 2024 nomination?”

  • Strongly Agree: 45%
  • Somewhat Agree: 22%
  • Somewhat Disagree: 13%
  • Strongly Disagree: 9%
  • Not Sure: 10%


More than half (56%) of Democrat voters think that Biden should let a younger colleague run, including nearly a third (30%) who strongly agree that he should step down. Among Independents, 69% (45% strongly) feel Biden should be replaced with a younger Democrat candidate.

If Biden doesn’t step aside, he should take part in a televised debate with his Democrat challengers, three-fourth (75%) of voters say, a sentiment shared by 77% of Democrats, 75% of Republicans and 74% of Independents.

Nearly half (45%) of all voters voiced a strong belief Biden should debate his Democrat rivals.

“Joe Biden should participate in a TV debate with his rivals for the Democratic nomination, Marianne Williamson and RFK, Jr.?”

  • Strongly Agee: 45%
  • Somewhat Agree: 30%
  • Somewhat Disagree: 6%
  • Strongly Disagree: 9%
  • Not Sure: 10%


In a separate survey, conducted earlier this month by Rasmussen, a majority of likely voters expressed serious concerns about President Biden’s age and fitness to do his job.

Here, 54% say they fear Biden is too feeble to fulfill his presidential duties, including 42% who say they don’t have any confidence at all that Pres. Biden is physically and mentally up to the task.

“How confident are you that Joe Biden is physically and mentally up to the job of being President of the United States?”

  • Very Confident: 25% (down from 30% in March)
  • Somewhat Confident: 19%
  • Not Very Confident: 12%
  • Not at All Confident: 42%
  • Not Sure: 2%


At 80 years old, Pres. Biden is already the oldest person to ever grace the Oval Office. By the end of a second term, he would be 86 years old.

Asked by Rasmussen if that’s “too old to be president,” 55% of voters said “Yes” it is, including 41% of Democrats, 52% of Independents, and 75% of Republicans.

“If he is reelected in 2024, Joe Biden would be 86 years old when his second term ends. Is 86 too old to be president?”

  • At 80, Biden is already the nation's oldest president. Every day he extends the record.
  • 55% of voters believe 86 is too old to be president.
  • 30% don’t think 86 is too old to be president.
  • 15% are not sure.


What’s more, a majority (53%) of voters say that Biden already has “others making decisions for him behind the scenes,” instead of “really doing the job of president” himself (40%). Likewise, 53% of Independent voters think Biden has others doing the job for him, rather than performing the duties himself (36%).

The Rasmussen survey of likely voters was conducted July 13 and 16-17.