Will Biden's 2020 voters support him in 2024 or they think he is 'just too old'?

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US President Joe Biden delivers remarks, following a hostages-prisoners swap deal between Hamas and Israel, during a press conference in Nantucket, Massachusetts, US, November 26, 2023. —Reuters
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks, following a hostages-prisoners swap deal between Hamas and Israel, during a press conference in Nantucket, Massachusetts, US, November 26, 2023. —Reuters

A significant number of voters who voted for President Biden in the 2020 election now feel he is "too old" to effectively serve another term, a recent New York Times/Siena College poll revealed. 

The poll indicates that 61% of Biden's 2020 voters either strongly or somewhat agree that he is "just too old" for effective service. Even among those considering supporting him in a hypothetical general election, 59% share the opinion that he is too old to be an effective president.

The overall sentiment among registered voters is that 73% believe Biden's age is a hindrance to his effectiveness in office, including 56% of Democrats. 

This aligns with previous surveys expressing concerns about Biden's age. Currently, Biden is the oldest-serving president in US history at 81, and if reelected, he would surpass his record, reaching 86 by the end of his term.

Comparatively, former president Donald Trump, who is four years younger than Biden, faces fewer concerns about his age. When asked if Trump is "just too old" to be effective, only 42% of registered voters either strongly or somewhat agreed. Trump's supporters, both from 2020 and in a hypothetical 2024 election, are less likely to view his age as a limiting factor.

Interestingly, the poll also reveals that in a hypothetical rematch, Trump leads Biden by 5 percentage points, securing 48% of the support. The survey, conducted from Feb. 25-28, involved 980 registered voters and carries a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.