Majority of Americans say Donald Trump and Joe Biden are both too old to serve as president: poll

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A majority of American adults say Biden and Trump are too old to currently serve in public office, a new poll shows.
However, respondents were more likely to say Biden was too old to serve.
Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say Rep. Liz Cheney is "of the right age" to serve.
President Joe Biden and ex-President Donald Trump are only about four years old.
However, more American adults think Biden is too old to serve than Trump, according to a new Insider/Morning Consult poll.
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Of the more than 2,200 people polled in early September, 76 percent thought 79-year-old Biden was "too old" to serve in public office now, while 57 percent said the same about 76-year-old Trump.
While the Founding Fathers established a minimum age for US presidents — the president must be at least 35 years old — there is no maximum age. That means that if elected for a second term in 2024, both Biden and Trump would remain in office well into their 80s, a feat that no US president has yet matched. And if Trump won the election, once sworn in, he would be the age Biden is now — an age that many Republicans believe is too old.
One reason more American adults think Biden is "too old": The coalition supporting Biden is much younger than the coalition supporting Donald Trump, said Cameron Easley, editor-in-chief at Morning Consult. Many of those young voters, he told Insider, didn't make Biden their first choice in 2020. Rather, her vote was more of a vote against Trump than for Biden.
"The Biden administration has really responded to the concerns of younger voters wherever they have had an impact that they could," he said. "Nevertheless, I think it's clear that younger voters are more likely to lose faith in the Biden administration early on and be less enthusiastic about his work performance."
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A majority of poll respondents said other prominent politicians were too old to serve in public office, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (62%) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (54%).
Both politicians are in their octogenarians, while the median age for an American is around 38.
Pelosi, 82, earlier this month declined to answer an Insider's question about whether she would seek another term as Speaker of the House if Democrats retained the chamber.
Republicans and Democrats were divided along party lines over whether certain politicians were "too young," "of the right age," or "too old" to serve in public office.
While about one in four Democrats said Biden was "of the right age" to serve, only about one in 17 Republicans said the same thing.
Less than one in 10 Democrats said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is "too young" to serve in public office, compared to nearly four in 10 Republicans.
However, Rep. Liz Cheney is an exception.
39 percent of Republicans said she was "of the right age" to serve, compared to 55 percent of Democrats. Perhaps the most prominent anti-Trumper in the GOP, Cheney, who is actively considering a 2024 presidential bid, is at war with many of her GOP peers as she serves as vice chair of the Jan. 6 special committee of the US House of Representatives.
The Insider/Morning Consult survey was conducted September 8-10, had 2,210 respondents and had an error rate of +/- 2 percentage points.
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