Zogby International has polled Americans on whether or not they believe that Joe Biden is suffering from dementia. The question went out to 100,7 ‘likely voters.’ The results show that 55% of respondents believe that Biden, now 77 years old, is suffering the early stages of dementia.
According to Zogby, “Overall, subgroups who normally approve of Trump’s job as president, were the most likely to believe Biden could be suffering from dementia. Thus, majorities of Republicans (77% more likely/23% less likely) and Independents (56% more likely/44% less likely) thought Joe Biden had early-onset dementia; while nearly a third of Democrats (32% more likely/68% less likely) thought this was the case. At the same time, some important subgroups did not believe the vice president was exhibiting a declining mental capacity. While a majority of men (60% more likely/40% less likely) thought it this was likely, women (50% more likely/50% less likely) were less likely to think that the vice president was in the early stages of dementia.”
Here's something weird. It's been 76 days since Joe Biden held a press conference. It was April 2 and he only took 4 questions. Hillary Clinton was talking to us a *lot* at this point in 2016. And of course Donald Trump ran us ragged with Q&As. https://t.co/GL1tPzsUt8
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) June 17, 2020
Different demographic groups see the issue differently
1988 Biden had a cranial aneurysm burst. 2019 during a town meeting his eye filled up with blood. Now he spaces out, forgets what he says or what was asked. Recent speech saying a word three times. He is showing early signs of Dementia. Your health issues say retire Joe. pic.twitter.com/SCqtc5PQPc
— Rosie Watson (@RosieWa34696902) June 18, 2020
The polling data showed an inverse relationship between age and respondents’ believing that Biden is starting to suffer dementia. That is, the older the respondent, the less likely they were to believe that Biden is starting to suffer from dementia.
About 60% of voters in early adulthood, from the age of 18 to their mid-twenties believe Biden is starting to suffer dementia, while 50% of voters over 65 believe the same.
Respondents living in urban areas were more likely to believe that Biden is experiencing the onset of dementia than those who live in the Suburbs. 61% of likely voters who live in medium-sized cities and 62% of men in urban areas believe Biden has dementia, while 52% of respondents from the suburbs and 49% of suburban women shared that belief
Trump says Biden should be in a home
President Trump, who is 74, likes to refer to Biden as ‘sleepy Joe,’ as the presumptive Democratic nominee struggles to form sentences in most of his appearances and tends to commit gaffs when he does. Trump has suggested that Biden should be put in a home and spared the rigors of campaigning while coming to terms with his mental decline.
“He doesn’t even know where he is or what he’s doing or what office he’s running for. Honestly, I don’t think he knows what office he’s running for,” Trump has said of Biden.
Biden has sought to laugh off the reports. However, Democrats have recognized that Trump’s online and social media strategy is far more advanced than Biden’s.