Poll: Likely Voters Overwhelming Oppose Lower Voting Age; Blacks Twice as Likely as Whites to Support

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 19, 2019 | 3:26 PM EDT


Four times as many likely voters oppose, rather than favor, lowering the minimum voting age in the U.S. from 18 to 16 years old, a new Rasmussen Poll conducted in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voicing support for the change shows.

The national survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters conducted March 17-18, 2019 shows three-fourths of likely voters reject the idea of lowering the voting age to 16:

Do you favor or oppose lowering the legal voting age from 18 to 16?

  • Favor: 17%
  • Oppose: 74%
  • Not Sure: 9%

According to data provided to, overall, while four times as many oppose as favor a lower voting age, opposition grows as respondents age, with 84% of those at least 65 years old rejecting lowering the voting age to 16.

Ironically, the youngest respondents (18-39) were, by far, the least likely to know whether or not younger Americans should be allowed to vote, as 14% said they are “not sure” – twice the percent of 40-64 year-olds and three times higher than the 65+ cohort:









By race, twice as many blacks (32%) as whites (16%) support lowering the voting age. Only 11% of those who identified as “other” approve of lowering the voting age:








See full Rasmussen Reports release announcing the results survey.

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