POLL: 59% of American Voters Don’t Expect Biden To Finish Out 2020 Presidential Term
New polling from Rasmussen Reports released Monday reveals that a 59% of likely voters don’t expect Democratic nominee to finish out a tentative presidential term in the event he’s elected in November.
A considerable 39% of voters say it’s “very likely” Biden will leave office before completing a full term, and an additional 20% say it’s likely. Even a very strong plurality of Democrats suspect that Biden isn’t going to spend a full term as President, with 49% stating that they expect his Vice President to become President.
73% of Republicans and 57% of independents suspect the same outcome.
Biden’s supporters seem relatively ambivalent about their candidate’s merits, with the notion of simply voting against Trump being enough for the Democrat nominee to secure their support. 45% of all voters described Biden’s imminent choice of a running mate as important to their vote this fall, possibly suggesting that Biden’s vice presidential pick could make or break his candidacy. If Biden chooses someone who the public views as unsuitable for the presidency, it’s unlikely that voters who think he’ll leave office will be enthusiastic about supporting him.
Biden has been consistently questioned for what many are identifying as cognitive decline. The 77-year old former Vice President would be the oldest President to be inaugurated by far, and he has been publicly lukewarm about the hypothetical notion of seeking a second term in office if elected President.
The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted between August 6th and 9th.
It seems like the opposite of a sound democratic practice for a major political party to nominate a presidential candidate who is expected to leave office before a full term, but the Democratic Party seems fine with using Biden as a placeholder of sorts for his vice presidential candidate.