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A significant majority of Americans think McConnell's health and age greatly limit his ability

According to a recent Economist/YouGov poll, a significant majority of Americans hold the belief that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's health and age greatly limit his ability to perform his duties effectively. Out of those surveyed, nearly 6 in 10 individuals, accounting for 59%, expressed this concern. The poll, released on Wednesday, highlighted that both Republicans and Democrats share similar sentiments with regards to McConnell's age and health having a severe impact on his job performance, albeit with a slight difference in opinion.

The poll conducted between September 2nd and 5th witnessed a substantial increase in the percentage of people who feel that McConnell's health and age are substantial limitations to his professional capabilities. When the same question was previously asked in June, just 28% of respondents expressed such concerns. This recent surge in apprehension reflects a growing trend among Americans to factor in the health and age of senators for evaluating their job performance. Notably, the median age of the Senate stands at 65.3 years, as reported by Pew Research in January.

The apprehension surrounding these concerns is not limited to McConnell alone. For instance, in June, 50% of the Economist/YouGov respondents viewed 90-year-old California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein as "severely" limited by her age and health. This figure increased to 56% in a more recent survey conducted earlier this month. Similarly, when it comes to 81-year-old Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, 26% of respondents had concerns about his job performance as a result of his age and health in June. This number rose to 35% in the survey conducted in September.

Furthermore, a substantial portion of Americans, surpassing 70%, expressed the opinion that there should be an upper age limit for serving as president or in Congress. The median maximum age suggested was 70.

Despite facing repeated public scrutiny and calls for resignation due to freeze-ups, McConnell has vowed to retain his position as Senate Republican leader.

The latest Economist/YouGov poll, conducted with 1,500 U.S. adult citizens, carries a margin of error of 3%.

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Retire MaCornell. Your way past due and apparently your state patrons won’t do their due diligence to put you out to pasture.


I agree Mc Connell’s age and mental status is a problem. He is compromised down to his core because of his wife and actions.

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