A Candidate's Age Matters to Democratic Voters, Poll Reveals

May 1, 2019

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A new Reuters poll shows that age is more than just a number to Democratic primary voters, with more than half saying they'd be less likely to support a candidate who's older than 70, and a third saying they'd be less likely to vote for a candidate under 40. This could be bad news for Joe Biden, 76, and Bernie Sanders, 77, despite the fact that the two septuagenarians are the clear frontrunners in virtually every poll. Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard and Eric Swalwell are all under 40. John F. Kennedy was the youngest person elected to the White House at the age of 43, while the U.S. Constitution requires that presidents be at least 35.