February 23, 2024 7:00am

Too old to be President

Power Poll members say President Biden and former President Trump are too old to serve another term

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Memphis, TN Correspondent

Memphis Power Poll voters think both leading candidates for president this year are too old to be president next year.

Nearly 7 in 10 respondents say 81-year-old President Joe Biden and 77-year-old former President Donald Trump are too old to serve another term.

Those results mirror a national poll 1,421 registered voters conducted earlier this week by Quinnipiac University.

In that poll, 67 percent of voters said Biden is too old to effectively serve another term compared with 57 percent who said the same of Trump, who will be 78 in July.

Either man would become the oldest president in U.S. history, if elected in November.

Nearly 9 in 10 Power Poll voters say age will be an issue in this year's presidential election -- 47 percent "a major issue" and another 42 percent "an issue but not a big one."

The U.S. Constitution requires that a president be at least 35 years of age. There is no maximum age limit, but 60 percent of Power Poll respondents believe there should be one.

Asked how old is too old to be president, 48 percent of Power Poll voters said older than 75. Only 7 percent said "never too old."

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About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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