Sixty-percent (60%) of Americans oppose eliminating the rule that someone needs to be at least 35 years old to run for president. A new national survey by ScottRasmussen.com found that 31% favor eliminating the age requirement and 8% aren’t sure. Those figures include 14% who Strongly Favor the idea and 39% who are Strongly Opposed.
Changing the age requirement would require a constitutional amendment. That is an extraordinarily difficult process even for popular reforms like term limits.
The survey was taken after a column in VOX media called for allowing 29-year-old Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other younger Americans to run for the Oval Office. Among the general public, Ocasio-Cortez remains relatively unknown.
Even voters under 35 aren’t sold on the idea of eliminating the age requirement. Just 47% of these younger voters favor the idea while 44% oppose it. Not surprisingly, older voters are the least likely to support this proposal. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters aged 65 and older oppose the idea.
Most voters from both major parties agree on keeping the age rules as is. Seventy-percent (70%) of Republicans and 52% of Democrats opposed eliminating the age requirement (see crosstab results).
Most voters (55%) also oppose eliminating the requirement that you must be a natural born U.S. citizen to run for president. Forty-percent (40%) support eliminating that rule and 5% aren’t sure.
Age and party identification reveal clear differences on this question. Most voters under 50 would like to eliminate the natural born citizenship rules. However, 68% of voters aged 50 to 64 and 71% of voters over age 65 oppose eliminating the rule.
Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republican voters also oppose changing the citizenship rule, while Democrats are almost evenly split with 49% who support eliminating the rule and 46% who oppose making the change. Independent voters are more closely aligned with Republicans on this issue, with 59% opposed to eliminating the natural born citizenship rule.
Data released earlier found that a majority of voters favor repealing the 16th Amendment to end the federal income tax.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted December 13-14, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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