Most Americans Agree Politicians Should Face Age Limits To Run For Office

Americans across various demographics and from both major political parties have found something everyone appears to agree on – there should be age limits for eligibility for public office.

CBS News published the results of a poll it conducted with YouGov on Thursday showing that among all American adults, a substantial majority of 73% believe there should be some form of age limitation on eligibility.

Support for the idea ran strong across political affiliation, with 75% of Republicans, 71% of Democrats, and 75% of independents agreeing with the concept.

Even widely varying age groups support the idea. Ages 30-44 and 45-64 both agreed by a 75% majority, while 68% of 18-29 year olds agreed as did 74% of those 65 and older.

The poll also asked those who support age limits what they believe an appropriate cut-off age would be. Among all respondents, 26% said 60 should be the upper age limit, 40% said 70, and 18% believed it should be 80 years old.

When he assumed office in January 2021, Joe Biden made history as the oldest U.S. president at 78 years old. President Ronald Reagan was 77 when he finished his second term in the White House in 1989.

Biden has consistently said that he plans to seek reelection in 2024 if he is “healthy.” If he were to run again successfully, he would be 86 years old by the time he completed a second term in the White House.

If Donald Trump successfully runs for another term as president in 2024, he will be 78 when he is sworn in for the second time.

When Biden turns 80 later this year, he will join several members of Congress who passed that mark years ago. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is the oldest member of the Senate. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is still going strong at 88 and will turn 89 later in September. He is currently running for another six-year term in the Senate. If reelected, it will mark his eighth term in the upper chamber.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is the oldest current member of the House, at 86 years old. There are 13 other current House members who are at least 80 years old.

Sens. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are all currently 80 or older. Shelby, Inhofe, and Leahy are retiring this year.