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Is Biden ‘National Security Threat’? Majority Says Yes: I&I/TIPP Poll

Across the globe, the U.S. faces a growing list of dangerous foreign policy challenges. But is the 80-year-old President Joe Biden, with growing signs of age-related mental issues, up to the task? A large majority of Americans, including Democrats, say no, according to the latest I&I/TIPP Poll.

Global dangers abound. China’s engaged in a massive military buildup and poised to attack Taiwan. Meanwhile, Russia wages a bloody war with U.S.-supported Ukraine. In the Mideast, Iran’s nuclear program nears completion, and the U.S.’ 2021 Afghanistan departure has left a power vacuum across the region. This is just a partial list of growing threats.

With these in mind and a looming presidential election, the online I&I/TIPP Poll asked 1,351 adults around the country: “How concerned are you that Biden’s age and mental capacity pose a national security threat?” The poll, taken from Aug. 30-Sept. 1, has a margin of error of +/-2.7 percentage points.

The response was clear: After rounding the data, 70% of all respondents said they were either “very concerned” (44%) or “somewhat concerned” (25%). Just 15% answered “not very concerned,” while 13% said “not at all concerned,” for a total of 28%.

Even a majority of Democrats (54%) were concerned Biden’s fading mental acuity posed a national security risk, while 43% said they weren’t.

Republicans expressed the greatest concern, at 92%, versus just 7% saying they weren’t. As is often the case, independents straddled the two major parties, with 67% choosing “concerned” in response to Biden’s evident mental issues, while 29% selected the “unconcerned” categories.

In fact, only one group among the 36 that the I&I/TIPP Poll follows each month has a reading below 50% and has more people saying they’re “not concerned”: Self-described liberals, at 48% “concerned” vs. 49% “unconcerned.”

By contrast, self-described moderates were 70% concerned, 28% unconcerned, while conservatives stood at 88% and 11%.

In short, virtually everyone worries about Biden’s mental faculties as he navigates the treacherous waters of overseas politics, diplomacy and military affairs.

Even within the Democratic Party, there’s growing concern over Biden as the presidential candidate for 2024. And with good reason.

Just last week, a poll by the Associated Press and the Norc Center for Public Affairs showed 77% thought that Biden was too old for a second term, including 89% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats. Meanwhile, the same poll found just 51% of Americans felt the same about 77-year-old former President Donald Trump.

And a new book by the Atlantic’s Franklin Foer claims Biden privately admits he’s “tired.”

“It was striking that he took so few morning meetings or presided over so few public events before 10 a.m. His public persona reflected physical decline and time’s dulling of mental faculties that no pill or exercise regime can resist,” Foer wrote. “In private, he would occasionally admit that he felt tired.”

It hasn’t helped that Biden has spent close to a year on vacation, a record, before completing his third year in office.

This image of mental feebleness and age poses a serious problem for Biden as he seeks re-election in 2024. But they might not have been so important if not for one major issue: Afghanistan.

Many Americans are still angry and over the U.S.’ abrupt, bungled departure from Afghanistan in 2021, handing control to the Muslim extremist Taliban movement. Hundreds of American citizens in the country were left to fend for themselves, as billions of dollars worth of U.S. military equipment were left to terrorists. The fiasco ended with the deaths of 13 Americans during the chaotic U.S. exodus.

“Within days of the withdrawal, Biden’s poll numbers went down, with a majority of Americans disappointed in his handling of the withdrawal,” wrote Politico recently.

And his poll numbers have never recovered. Even so, when it comes to national security, Afghanistan’s the least of Biden’s troubles.

Energy: By killing the Keystone pipeline, restricting oil and natural gas drilling, and taking millions of acres off the table for the extraction of, and exploration for, new energy sources, Biden ended America’s brief energy independence under former President Trump. He also drained the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gas prices just before the 2022 congressional elections, while spending hundreds of billions of dollars on wasteful wind and solar projects. Today, as Americans struggle, gasoline prices are double what they were in April of 2020.

Immigration: A record flood of 2.3 million illegal immigrants has crossed the U.S. border since Biden took office, including thousands of terrorists, cartel members, and violent criminals. Local communities now struggle with soaring costs and crime. At the federal level alone, illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers roughly $151 billion a year, even after adjusting for taxes paid by those here illegally. But the debate is not just about dollars: The border surge of the deadly opioid fentanyl now claims more than 100,000 American lives a year.

Ukraine: Biden called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “minor incursion” and initially refused military aid. Since then, Biden has enthusiastically embraced Ukraine’s fight, spending more than $100 billion. With both China and Iran backing Russia, the potential for a wider conflict is clear.

Military readiness: By focusing on “white supremacy,” transgenderism, and DEI issues in the armed forces, Biden’s policies have contributed to a decline in U.S. military readiness and hamstrung recruiting efforts.

China: Under communist leader Xi Jinpeng, Beijing has expanded military spending faster than its economic growth, even as it deals with a slumping economy and rising unemployment. Xi’s long-term goal is clear: Dominate Asia and push the U.S. out. And his “belt and road initiative” seeks to displace U.S. influence around the developing world.

With such a formidable lineup of national security issues, it’s no wonder Biden struggles in polls. His image of feebleness and advancing age poses a serious problem for his re-election bid.

As I&I/TIPP Poll results show, these will be major issues for candidate Biden in 2024 during this time of growing global turmoil and instability. Will Democrats use his mental infirmities and age as the lever to remove Biden from the campaign trail and into retirement?

I&I/TIPP publishes timely, unique, and informative data each month on topics of public interest. TIPP’s reputation for polling excellence comes from being the most accurate pollster for the past five presidential elections.

Terry Jones is an editor of Issues & Insights. His four decades of journalism experience include serving as national issues editor, economics editor, and editorial page editor for Investor’s Business Daily.

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Terry Jones was part of Investor's Business Daily from its inception in 1983, working in a variety of posts, including reporter, economics correspondent, National Issues editor and economics editor. Most recently, from 1996 to 2019, he served as associate editor of the newspaper and deputy editor and editor of IBD's Issues & Insights. His many media appearances include spots on the Larry Kudlow, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Miller, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Glenn Beck shows. He also served as Free Markets columnist for Townhall Magazine, and as a weekly guest on PJTV’s The Front Page. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA, and is an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute


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  • This poll didn’t even mention the worst part of the Biden Presidency, which is the corruption caused by the Biden crime family. This is so terrible that it has become a national security issue and a cause of international diplomatic problems for the USA, such as the Saudi regime hedging its bets and moving away from its historic alliance with America. Nobody truly wants Sleepy Joe to be one of the leaders in their military alliance.

    The Chinese study Sun Tzu to learn how to win wars without engaging in combat. Many of his principles apply to the case of the bribery of the Bidens.

    “When the leader is morally weak and his discipline not strict, when his instructions and guidance are not enlightened, when there are no consistent rules, neighboring rulers will take advantage of this.”

    “The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.”

    Imagine for a moment that the year is 2017, and you are a Chinese intelligence agent who has been assigned the task of subverting the United States by using bribery to place incompetent and corrupt leaders in charge of America. You look around for the most corrupt person you can find who is a plausible candidate for the Presidency. Hillary failed and now is discredited. You discover that Hunter Biden is a coke addict, sex addict, and chief grafter for his crime family. You spend ten million dollars or so for bribes and graft, and do more damage to America than any multi-billion dollar weapons system other than a nuclear weapon could ever accomplish.

    You have Hunter begging you for money, even threatening you if you don’t bribe him:

    The July 2017 WhatsApp message Hunter Biden sent to Henry Zhao is as follows according to the IRS whistleblower:

    “I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my directions. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.”

    A few weeks later Hunter Biden received a $5 million wire from a Chinese firm.

    If this was publicized rather than suppressed by the MSM, would anybody in their right mind want Biden to stay in the White House?

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  • It is not just biden that is a security threat to the United States. It is the “people” who are the backers and controllers of biden, this includes the “democrat” party!
    THE POLITBURO, if you will.

  • Let’s be clear on something right away; the problem with Joe Biden isn’t his age. There are many people older than he who are highly capable both cognitively and physically. The problem with Below Average Joe is that he is actually not a very smart man. He never has been. Indeed, Sen. Ted Kennedy revealed that Joe’s nickname was “The Dumbest Man in the Senate” for his many years in that chamber. In short, he’s stupid; a moron; a gaffe-prone buffoon.

    Joe Biden is actually a dishonest, corrupt, incompetent fool with a history as a serial plagiarist, liar, braggart, grifter, and fraud. He’s a serial plagiarist and pathological liar with a penchant for groping women, sniffing children, lying about everything – even when it has no benefit – soliciting and taking bribes in exchange for policy decisions, and showering with his teenaged daughter. He is a truly awful man; a failed human being who should never have been given access to even the lowest of the levers of power.

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