(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in the United States think members of the lower house should not be allowed to serve in office for an unlimited number of terms, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 47 per cent of respondents would limit members of the House of Representatives to serve a maximum of six-year tenures (or three terms).

Currently, all members of Congress, including senators and representatives, are allowed to serve as many terms as they want.

Earlier this month, Republican congressional candidate Chris Gibson called for eight-year limits on House members, and a change in the length of each term from two to four years.

On Aug. 11, Democratic New York congressman Scott Murphy said he is open to the idea of introducing limits on leadership positions and on the terms of lawmakers, declaring, “The people that are around for 35 years to be in charge tend to be the more extreme in both of the parties.” Murphy also said that Congress is “incredibly broken” and in need of “systemic reform.”

Polling Data

At this time, members of the House of Representatives can be elected to serve as many two-year terms as they want. Thinking about this, which one of these options would you prefer?

Limiting members of the House of Representatives to six-year tenures (three terms) 47%
Limiting members of the House of Representatives to 12-year tenures (six terms) 19%
Limiting members of the House of Representatives to 18-year tenures (nine terms) 5%
Keeping the current regulations that allow members of the House of Representatives to serve as many terms as they want 16%
Not sure 13%

 

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,013 American adults, conducted on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, 2010. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

 

Complete Poll (PDF)