Americans are still widely opposed to lowering the legal drinking age to 18 from 21, with 74% saying they would oppose such legislation, while 25% would favor it.
All major subgroups are opposed to lowering the drinking age with political ideology being one of the major dividing lines on the issue. Liberals (34%) are among the most supportive of lowering the drinking age and conservatives (18%) are among the least supportive subgroups.
Another major predictor of support for lowering the drinking age is whether one personally drinks alcohol, with 29% of those who drink alcohol at least on occasion favoring lowering the drinking age compared with 18% who never drink. Among those who drink regularly on a weekly basis, 35% favor lowering it.
Also, support for lowering the drinking age tends to be higher among those who have higher levels of education, with 37% of those with a postgraduate degree supporting such a change in the law.