Dear Member of Congress,
In an effort to make you aware of the issues that most concern America’s seniors this election year I am writing to share the results of our recent survey. We mailed more than 6 million questionnaires and have received responses from across the nation, including your district. You may be interested to know the following when asked the question, “Do you favor passage of an Amendment to also limit the number of Congressional terms?” Our results were the following:
- 96% Support
- 1.5% Oppose
- 2.5% Undecided
While it is clear that seniors favor term limits, a separate survey corroborated our results. In a September 27, 2011 Rasmussen telephone survey 71 percent of likely U.S. voters favor establishing term limits for all members of Congress while 14 percent oppose setting such limits, and 15 percent are undecided about them.
To the majority of the voting population, it appears that elected officials have become a ruling class where rates of incumbency are astronomical, and politicians’ primary focus has shifted from legislating to fund-raising and getting re-elected. Term limits offer a check on the detrimental aspects of incumbency and require elected officials to focus on promises made to voters rather than promoting personal gains for re-election.
Both the House and Senate have pending legislation that would amend the United States Constitution and would apply term limits to all members of Congress. S.J. Res. 11 and H.J. Res. 71, would limit U.S. Representatives to three terms and U.S. Senators to two terms in office. Both of these proposals should be given serious consideration.
Our Generation is a non-partisan, nonprofit grassroots citizens group, dedicated to improving the lives of senior citizens through awareness and advocacy. I hope you find the above information useful and consider our viewpoints as you continue to serve in the U.S. Congress.