The Washington Post

Guess who doesn’t think 18-year olds should be able to drink. Young adults.

A pint of Boulevard Ginger-Lemon Radler on the bar at Smoke and Barrel.  (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

The American people have embraced the legalization of marijuana. When it comes to lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, though, opposition remains stubborn.

According to a new Gallup poll, Americans oppose the change nearly three-to-one, 74 percent to 25 percent. Support has crept up, but only slightly.

Perhaps most interestingly, the one group that you might expect to be most on-board with the change, young people -- you know, the people who actually remember/know what it's like to be 18 years old and not be able to have a (legal) pop -- aren't any different than the rest of America.

The poll shows this group opposes lowering the drinking age 74 percent to 26 percent -- virtually the same margin as the rest of the country.

Some of the groups most in favor of the change: liberals and people with postgraduate degrees (more than one-third of each support it). Some of the groups least in favor: teetotalers and conservatives (18 percent each).


Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Video curated for you.
Next Story
Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan · July 25, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.