Sometimes when you sing “Happy Birthday” to someone it’s just as nice to leave out that line asking “How old are you now?”
Supporters of President Biden can be forgiven a twinge of mixed feelings as he celebrates his 81st on Monday. Biden was already the oldest president ever on the day he took the oath. Now, with a year to run on his current term, Biden is also asking voters for four more beyond that –which would bring him to 86.
There is no age limit for elected federal office holders – ultimately voters decide that – but the “age issue” has continued to dog this president. Polls have found even Democratic voters wondering if he is getting too old for the job.
A flurry of recent polls taken in crucial swing states by the New York Times/Siena College, YouGov, Morning Consult and Quinnipiac University all show Biden looking remarkably weak in a race that pits him against Donald Trump, his all-but-certain 2024 Republican opponent. A breakdown of those polls shows Biden’s slipping the most among voters under 30. That’s a category he won by 26 points in 2020, according to extensive surveys of validated voters by the Pew Research Center
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