Three-quarters of Americans want a president under 65, new poll finds

Sorry Don! Forget it, Joe!

A new poll shows the vast majority of Americans want their president to be under 65 – apparently excluding former President Donald Trump, 76, and President Biden, 80, from success in the White House in 2024.

The Suffolk University/USA Today survey found that 50% of registered voters say their “ideal president” would be between the ages of 51 and 65. 25% liked their CEO even younger, between 35 and 50 years old.

A further 15% said age didn’t matter, but just 8% said they preferred a president between the ages of 66 and 80 – and just 0.4% said they wanted one over 80 years old.

Biden, already the oldest person to serve as president, said he plans to seek a second term in 2024 but will make a final decision after the holidays.

If re-elected, the president would be 82 on the day of his second inauguration in 2025. If Biden completes another four years, he would be 86 when he leaves office in 2029.

Former President Donald Trump is 76 years old.
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Meanwhile, Trump remains the only person to formally launch a 2024 presidential bid and hopes to become the second person to win non-consecutive terms in the White House.

Asked specifically about Trump and Biden, respondents gave an overwhelming thumbs up, with 69% saying they didn’t want the 45th president running again and 67% saying they didn’t want Biden to run for a second term. .

When asked to choose in a hypothetical 2020 election rematch, voters opted for Biden by seven percentage points (47% to 40%) while 5% said they would choose someone other and 4% said they would not vote.

DeSantis won 47% to 43% in the mock poll.
The poll shows Florida Governor Ron DeSantis leading Biden by four percentage points.

By contrast, the poll shows Florida Governor Ron DeSantis leading Biden by four percentage points (47% to 43%) in a hypothetical 2024 contest.

Among conservative Republicans and independents, 65% wanted DeSantis to run in 2024, while the Florida governor holds a 23 percentage point lead over Trump (56% to 33%) in a possible national GOP primary.

The survey also found that a plurality of Americans prefer former governors to senators in the Oval Office, with 34% wanting experience running a state and 23% opting for Capitol experience. Another 20% said they wanted their president to have “no political experience” at all.

Voters were evenly split on whether they wanted the president to be a Democrat (30%), Republican (28%) or Independent (32%) and more than half (57%) preferred their leader to be “compromised in order to get things done” while only 34% wanted a president who “would stay on principle no matter what”.

The survey of 1,000 registered voters was conducted between December 7 and 11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The survey of Republicans and conservatives had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.

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