SURVEY: Nearly two-thirds of Democrats say Feinstein should resign over absence

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Nearly two-thirds of Democrats believe that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) should resign amid her prolonged absence due to her health, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.

The Economist/YouGov poll found that 65 percent of Americans, including 64 percent of Democrats, said Feinstein should resign due to her over a month-long absence. Feinstein, 89, was hospitalized last month with shingles and has since been recovering at home, prompting some Democrats and other officials to call for her to resign.

Seventy-eight percent of Americans who do not have a favorable view of Feinstein said she should resign in the new poll. However, 64 percent who have a favorable opinion of the California senator came to the same conclusion.

41 percent of Americans believe that old age hurts members of Congress by making their work “more difficult” rather than help them with “wisdom and experience.”

Feinstein requested a replacement for her seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, since her absence has prevented judicial nominations from moving forward. However, Republicans shut down the request, forcing Democrats to wait out Feinstein’s return to the Senate.

The Economist/YouGov poll was conducted April 15-18, with a pool of 1,500 Americans.

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