The People Have Spoken: They Support Political Age Limits

( – There is one thing Americans can agree on and that is age limits for elected officials.

According to a CBS News/YouGov poll, more than three-quarters of Americans, across all ages as well as the political spectrum, believe in maximum age limits for politicians. The poll shows that of those surveyed 77 percent of all Americans, 76 percent of Democrats, and 79 percent of Republicans believe there should be age limits for politicians. The percentages were the same for all age groups, with voters under 45 at 77 percent, voters aged 45-65 at 77 percent as well as voters over 65 at 78 percent.

Forty-five percent of those who were surveyed felt the maximum age should be 70. Twenty-two percent of those surveyed felt the maximum age should be 60 years. Eighteen percent felt 80 should be the maximum age, while just eight percent felt 50 should be the maximum age.

The poll comes as voters are questioning President Joe Biden’s age, 80, as he seeks re-election and former President Donald Trump, 77, who looks like he could be named as the 2024 Republican presidential nominee. In a recent Wall Street Journal, 73 percent of those surveyed felt Biden is too old to run, while 47 percent felt Trump is too old to run.

Senate Minority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, 81, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 90, both are struggling with health issues. McConnell has suffered two freeze-up events during press conferences which has led many to speculate about his health.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, 83, has also announced she intends to run for reelection in 2024.

According to CBS News, one-third of all sitting U.S. senators are over the age of 70 currently.

According to Pew Research, the average age of members of the House of Representatives is 57, and the average age of members of the Senate is 65.

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