Only 54% Think Biden Is Capable of Debating Trump
No one seems to have less faith in Joe Biden’s ability to debate Donald Trump than the Biden campaign, who rejected Trump’s call to have more than the traditional three debates.
Meanwhile Biden, who says that he’s “constantly tested” for mental decline, said he can’t wait to debate the President.
Many on the left don’t share his enthusiasm. The New York Times recently ran an op-ed arguing that Biden should only debate Trump if two conditions are met; that Trump releases his tax returns, and that a “real-time fact-checking team approved by both candidates are hired by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.” The first condition is irrelevant, and the second is an admission that even if Trump makes a false statement Biden isn’t knowledgeable to refute them himself.
The American voter also doesn’t appear to share Biden’s enthusiasm.
According to Rasmussen Reports:
A New York Times columnist has urged likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden not to debate President Trump in the fall. Most voters think that’s a bad idea, although only just over half believe Biden is even up to debating Trump given ongoing questions about his mental health. Just 54% of Likely U.S. Voters think Biden is capable of debating the president. Thirty-six percent (36%) disagree and say he is not capable of such a debate. Another 11% are not sure.
Admittedly, I’m surprised it’s even as high as 54%.
But then 38% of all voters, including 20% of Democrats, believe Biden is suffering from some form of dementia. Sixty-one percent (61%) think it is important for him to address the dementia issue publicly. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters think it is important for Biden and Trump to hold one or more televised presidential debates this fall, with 51% who say it’s Very Important. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe it would hurt Biden’s candidacy if he refused to debate Trump. Only nine percent (9%) say it would help him, while 29% feel a failure to debate would have no impact on Biden’s bid for the White House.
It certainly says a lot when no one is asking the question “can Biden beat Trump in a debate,” but instead “is Biden even capable of debating Trump at all?”