A recent poll by the Economist and YouGov showed that most people in the U.S. think there needs to be a “maximum age” to be president or even serve in Congress.
In the poll, people were asked if there needs to be a limit on how old elected leaders, like the president, can be.
Roughly 76% of respondents agreed that there needs to be a maximum age limit for the president. Only 14% said there shouldn’t be, while 11% said they were “not sure.”
70% of the Democrats, 78% of the independents, and 79% of the Republicans all agree that there should be a limit on how old a president can be. But the poll didn’t ask people to name a specific age that they thought should be the limit.
The poll asked the exact same question about senators and representatives, and 73% of senators and 72% of representatives agreed that there needs to be an age limit for serving in those positions. Again, everyone agrees, no matter what party they belong to.
From September 2 to 5, 2023, 1,500 adults in the U.S. were asked to fill out the poll.
It occurs at a time when the ages and mental faculties of politicians, Republican and Democratic, are becoming subjects of discussion. Democratic President Biden, 80, as well as Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 81, have both experienced public mishaps, such as Biden tripping along with McConnell freezing during press conferences.
The 81-year-old senator just lately informed reporters that, after freezing up on a second news appearance almost a month after the first, he has no plans to resign.
When questioned about his retirement intentions, he replied, “I’m going to complete the remainder of my term as leader and also I am going to complete my term in the Senate.”
Regarding McConnell’s health crisis, former President Trump stated, “I thought it was very sad,” while speaking in a July interview with Breitbart News.
However, I believe it’s unfortunate that he went to such lengths to provide Biden and Democrats with funding for the Green New Deal. They needed 10 individuals to vote, so he persuaded ten of them to do so. He did this repeatedly for trillions of dollars. I think it’s too bad. But it was a shame. It was sad to see that,” Trump said. “I think he had a bad fall, and I think this is a result of that. However, it was also disheartening that he had given the Democrats billions upon trillions of dollars to blow on the Green New Deal, ruining our seas and destroying our vast, breathtaking vistas and plains throughout the nation with energy-intensive windmills. So that is also a very sad thing.”
The poll results came out at the same time that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she would run for office again. After her announcement, “She’s 83” became a trending topic on social media, which showed how many people were worried about leaders who were getting older.