Only 42% of Americans described Biden as “mentally sharp” and the same percentage called him “energetic.”
More than a quarter of Democrats (26%) agreed with 87% of Republicans and 58% of independents that the president does not have a sharp mind.
Slightly more respondents, 47%, said that Biden was “a good communicator.”
These polls reflect a similar recognition in American news and entertainment.
Even Saturday Night Live—which displays consistent Democratic leanings—joked that “insiders are also saying that, during meetings, President Biden repeatedly uses the f-word in conversation.”
“More concerning, the f-word he keeps using is ‘forget,'” an SNL character said.
The Wall Street Journal commented after the scripted CNN townhall that Biden’s “frequent public confusion about the major issues of the day is a reason for the growing public concern.”
At the CNN event, Biden, 79, repeatedly lost his thoughts and stumbled over his words, despite facing screened questions from a mostly Democratic audience and receiving continual assistance from host Anderson Cooper.
The Americans that worry most about Biden’s declining mental health—except partisan Republicans—include independents, suburban women and the middle class.
The I&I/TIPP poll confirms earlier polls from Pew Research, which found that only 43% of Americans considered Biden “mentally sharp,” and Rasmussen Reports, which found that 58% of Americans do not think Biden “is physically and mentally up to the job of being president of the United States.”
Biden’s mental decline precipitated an embarrassing rumor that he defecated in his pants during his visit with Pope Francis, which caused him to stay an unusually long time, The DC reported.
The phrase #PoopyPantsBiden quickly trended on Twitter and across the internet.
The word around Rome is that Biden’s meeting with the Pope was unusually long because Biden had a bit of an “bathroom accident” at the Vatican & it had to be addressed prior to him leaving.
I know we joke often about this, but this is the actual rumor going around Rome now.
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) October 30, 2021