Almost 8 in 10 Americans say a president should have to take an annual mental health examination while they are in office, says a new poll from CNN.
The poll discovered that 77 percent of respondents said that a president should be required to take an annual exam that would look for mental health concerns such as Alzheimer’s disease.
An even bigger number — 82 percent — of those surveyed believed a president should be have to take an annual physical exam.
Respondents were split on whether the results of the exams should be made public. Forty-eight percent said that they should be made public and 49 percent said they should stay private. When the very same question was asked in 2004, over 60 percent said the information should stay private.
Democrats were mostly responsible for the change in public opinion about the privacy of presidents’ health information, with just 37 percent of those polled claiming presidents should be allowed to keep the information private, a 20-point decrease from the 2004 results.
Ninety-three percent of Democrats were in favor of mandatory mental health exams, while just 61 percent of Republicans thought that the exams should be mandatory.
This new data comes during national conversations about President Trump’s mental and physical fitness for office. The publication of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” an explosive and revelatory book about the Trump administration, sparked many to ask questions about the racist president’s mental health.
Trump pushed back on all the skepticism in a series of viral tweets earlier in the month, calling himself a “very stable genius.”
White House Dr. Ronny Jackson did an examination of Trump earlier this month, calling him physically and mentally fit for office. He gave a cognitive assessment at Trump’s request, though that kind of evaluation is neither required nor usual.
“There’s no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues,” Jackson stated in a press briefing. “I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes.”
Trump’s physical exam took place during the survey period for the CNN poll, but CNN mentioned that there was no notable difference between the responses from before the news about President Trump’s exam and after.
The poll was taken from Jan. 14 to 18 among 1,005 adults. The margin of error for the poll is 3.7 percentage points.