To much controversy, BJP denied tickets to its veteran leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
So to understand public opinion on this matter, we asked Neta app users if our politicians should have a retirement age. Interestingly, almost 86% of respondents believed that there should be a retirement age for politicians in India. Clearly Indians want their politicians to retire when old!
Not surprisingly, of course, an overwhelming majority of young respondents below 35 years of age are in favor of an age cap on Indian politicians, whereas older respondents are more accepting of older politicians.
Even though 86% favor an age cap on politicians, 54% of respondents from Murli Manohar Joshi’s constituency Kanpur think that the 85 yrs-old veteran should have been given a ticket. So while older politicians, in general, is a no-no, MM Joshi is clearly an exception!
About 56% of BJP supporters all over India were also in favor of a ticket to Joshi. So clearly, the case in point is Murli Manohar Joshi’s popularity among his constituents and party supporters has trumped the debate around age.
All that said, retirement only makes sense if there is a correlation between age and performance. So is there?
To find out, we compared the Neta App approval ratings of politicians belonging to different age groups. And as it turns out, there certainly is an optimum age to be an Indian politician.
Clearly, Indian politicians between the age of 35-45 have the highest average approval rating at 3.79/5. Thereafter, with increasing age, the approval ratings take a sharp dive! Do you agree with this sentiment? Tell us your views in comments.