CBS News and YouGov conducted a survey at the end of August and found that 77% of respondents agreed there ought to be age limits. Within that group, 40% proposed the age limit be 70 years old, which is over ten years older than President Joe Biden is now. The second most popular age limit was 60, proposed by about a quarter of respondents.
As the respondents got older, their approval for term limits tended to increase. Of the respondents that were over the age of 65, 74% preferred an age limit, whereas in those between 30 and 65, 75% of respondents believed in it. In the age group from 18 to 30, 68% of respondents saw a need for a term limit. Republican, Democratic, and independent respondents all had about 70% approving an age limit.
The median age of members of the Senate is 65, according to Pew Research. The House of Representatives’ median age is 57. A third of U.S. senators are over 70, as are Biden and former President Donald Trump, who is the current front-runner for next year’s Republican nomination for president.
The poll also considered what respondents thought about younger political hopefuls, with 47% suggesting that having more young people in office “would make politics better.” Another 45% said the same of women, 41% suggested racial minorities, and 32% suggested members of the LGBT. Only 12% said older people would make politics better.
The margin of error was plus or minus 2.6 points for the survey that included more than 2,000 adults.