Joe Biden may be on top of the democratic heap entering the swing of the 2020 election, but his advanced age looks to be a major issue for voters.
Former Vice President Biden is undoubtedly part of the “old guard” in Washington DC. His lengthy career as a Senator, much of which occurred during a far less “woke” time in our nation’s history, has given his opponents plenty of ammunition against the septuagenarian.
When you combine that with the inordinate amount of inappropriate intimate contact that he has had on-camera with women, Biden is truly fighting an uphill battle to stay modern and relevant.
And while his age is being downplayed by his campaign as an issue, a new poll shows just how important this reality is to voters.
In a sign that a presidential hopeful’s sexual orientation has diminished as a concern for voters, Americans are more likely to say they would reject a candidate older than 70 than a candidate who is gay, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Monday.
The national opinion poll, conducted with the Williams Institute at UCLA ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the birth of the LGBT rights movement, highlighted a steady trend toward acceptance of gay politicians.
The survey also called attention to one of the challenges facing President Donald Trump, who will be turning 73 next week, as he seeks re-election in 2020.
The poll comes as fellow 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg, who is an openly gay, married man, continues to duke it out with Biden and 22 other democrats in an overcrowded field for the general election.
Biden has also received criticism for his slow campaigning pace – a fact that has only been accentuated via President Donald Trump’s “Sleepy Joe” nickname.