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article imagePoll finds overwhelming majority of Americans want term limits

By Andrew Moran     Jan 18, 2013 in Politics
New York - A new survey finds that three-quarters of Americans want to impose term limits on Members of Congress, which maintains an abysmal approval rating. The poll also found that six in 10 Americans would abolish the controversial Electoral College.
Real Clear Politics shows that the average approval rating for Congress is at 15 percent. A lot of people feel quite frustrated over the bickering between the Republicans and Democrats in Washington, which could perhaps be the reason why Americans want term limits on those in Capitol Hill.
Gallup released the results of its latest survey that showed 75 percent would vote for term limits, while 21 percent said they would vote against such a proposal. Republicans and Independents were the most ardent with instituting term limits, with 82 percent and 79 percent, respectively. Democrats were also largely in favor, but a small majority with 65 percent.
All age groups were in support of term limits.
The polling firm noted that these findings are similar to the 1994 and 1996 Gallup polls that showed between two-thirds and three-quarters would defend a Constitutional amendment that would limit the number of terms a Congressman or Senator could serve.
Meanwhile, there is also strong support for abolishing the Electoral College. Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans would eradicate it, while 29 percent oppose getting rid of the Electoral College. Democrats and Independents were most in favor of the proposal, with 66 percent and 63 percent, respectively. A majority of GOP voters were in favor of doing away with it, but it was 61 percent.
Once again, all age groups showed similar support.
“Large majorities of Americans are in favor of establishing term limits for members of the U.S. House and Senate, and doing away with the Electoral College,” wrote Gallup in its Bottom Line. “Despite sharp polarization of the parties on many issues in 21st century politics, Republicans and Democrats broadly agree on both longstanding election reform proposals.”
The telephone survey was conducted with 1,013 randomly-selected adults between Jan. 8 and Jan. 9. It contains a margin of error of +/- four percentage points.
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