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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.



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