Poll: 73% of Americans want age limits for elected politicians

Joe Biden turns 80 in November and is currently the oldest person ever to serve as president. New polling data suggests that could be a problem.

According to a survey put out last week by CBS News, almost three-quarters of Americans believe there should be age limits for those in high office.  

Bipartisan agreement

Carried out between August 29 and August 31, the poll found that 73% of respondents thought age limits would be helpful compared with 27% who believed otherwise.

Support for age limits was remarkably consistent across party lines: 71% of Democrats agreed with the idea, as did 75% of Republicans and independent voters.

Interestingly, the demographic which was least likely to favor such limits were those between the ages of 18 and 29. In contrast, 74% of those over 65 felt age should be a limiting factor for public officials.

However, there was less of a consensus regarding what the upper age limit for politicians should be. While 40% felt 70 should be the cut-off, 18% thought it should be a decade later.

Meanwhile, over a quarter regarded 60 as too old to serve, and another 8% saw 50 as the time for leaders to bow out.

Cognitive issues?

For his part, Biden has long been dogged by allegations that he is both too old for the presidency and suffering from some form of cognitive impairment.

Critics have pointed to regular examples of the president appearing confused and sounding incoherent when speaking at public functions.

They include former White House physician and Republican Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, who has publicly called on Biden to take a cognitive fitness test.

“The whole country is seeing his mental cognitive issues on display for over a year now, and there’s really no question in most people’s minds that there’s something going on with him, that he’s not cognitively the same as he used to be and, in my mind, not fit to be our president right now,” Jackson told Fox News in February.