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Poll: Debate Fallout Raises Doubts on Biden's Reelection Bid
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By Anthony W. Haddad
Published 3 weeks ago on
July 1, 2024

A recent CBS News poll suggests declining support for President Biden's reelection bid following his debate performance against former President Donald Trump. (AP/Alex Brandon)

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In a recent CBS News poll, a significant portion of voters questioned whether President Biden should seek reelection following his debate with former President Donald Trump.

According to the June 28-29 survey, just 27% of respondents believed Biden possesses the mental and cognitive acuity necessary for the presidency, a decline from 35% in a poll conducted approximately 20 days earlier. This drop shows the impact of his debate performance on voter perceptions.

Similarly, the poll revealed that only 28% of respondents felt Biden should run for president, down from 37% in a February survey among registered voters.

Top concerns cited for why Biden should not run included his age (86%), potential decisions in office (71%), his presidential record (66%), and his ability to campaign effectively (59%).

Among Democratic registered voters, 55% believed Biden should continue his campaign, while 45% favored him stepping aside, highlighting a growing divide among Democrats on his suitability as commander-in-chief.

Before the debate, 48% of registered voters had focused on the presidential race, but this figure rose to 59% afterward, indicating Biden’s performance has shifted the campaign’s spotlight, potentially to his detriment.

The debate performance was so lackluster that even a close ally of Biden felt compelled to speak up in his defense:

Read more by visiting CBS News.

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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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