More than half support maximum age limit for elected officials

The U.S. constitution specifies a minimum age requirement of 25 for the House of Representatives, 30 for the Senate, and 35 for presidents, but does not address a maximum. There are mandatory retirement ages for some other jobs, such as airline pilots (age 65) and in most U.S. states, judges. In Canada, Senators may only hold office until age 75. A recent YouGov poll asks Americans whether they think there should be a maximum age limit for elected officials, and if so, what it should be.

More than half (58%) of Americans say that there should be a maximum age limit, while 21% say there should not be. Republicans (64%) are slightly more likely than Democrats (57%) and Independents (60%) to say there should be a maximum age requirement.

Those who say there should be an age limit are split in regard to what it should be. One quarter (24%) say it should be 60 years old, 39% say it should be 70, 23% say it should be 80, and 5% say it should be 90. About one in 10 say it should be some other limit.