Poll: Keep drinking age at 21

Nov. 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- More than two-thirds of Americans oppose lowering the legal drinking age from 21 years to 18, an Angus Reid online survey released Tuesday indicated.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans said they opposed lowering the drinking age to 18 in all states, the results indicated. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said they support the idea.

Women were more likely than men to reject such a change, 77 percent to 62 percent, Angus Reid said.

In 1984, the U.S. Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act that established 21 as the minimum age for the purpose of buying or having alcohol in all states.

Angus Reid Public Opinion, with offices in New York, conducted the online survey Oct. 28-29 among 1,006 U.S. adults who are panelists of its Springboard America. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

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