More than half of Democrats do not believe Joe Biden would serve all four years as president should the 77-year-old be elected this November.
In a poll by Rasmussen Reports, some 59% of possible voters believe that whomever is chosen as Biden’s vice president would take over before the end of his first term in 2025.
And 49% of Democrats who responded to the survey suggested that many are not fussed who takes over the presidency, so long as it’s not President Trump.
‘Most voters think it’s likely that person will be president within the next four years if Biden is elected in November,’ the survey revealed.
Just over half of the 1,000 voters who responded in the poll said they would vote against Trump in the fall with many not seeming to care who runs against him.
The younger the voter, the more convinced they are that Biden is unlikely to finish a four-year term if elected president, however voters in nearly every demographic category think it’s likely his running mate will become president in the next four years.
The survey brings a renewed focus on who Biden will pick as his running mate, particularly when issues over Biden’s health are addressed.
Some 38% of voters, including 20% of Democrats, believe Biden, who would be 78 if he wins the White House, is suffering from some form of dementia.
Sixty-one per cent believe that it is important for Biden to address the dementia issue publicly.
Biden is expected to announce his running mate ahead of his party’s national convention that kicks off next week, on August 17.
Biden has vowed to choose a woman as his potential vice president.
The shortlist possibly includse Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., and Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Biden announced last week that he won’t be traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the location of the Democratic Convention later this month, due to the coronavirus crisis and recent spikes in confirmed cases.
Instead, he will make his speech from his home state of Delaware as speakers are also encouraged to make their remarks remotely.