Age of consent should be 17 or lower, say third of adults in 30s
ONE in three thirty-somethings believe the age of consent should be 17 years or less, suggesting that many believe it should be revised downwards.
And the younger you are, the more likely you are to think it should be lower.
Some 45pc of people aged 20-29 believe that the age of consent should be 17 years or lower, with one in three (35pc) in their 30s agreeing.
And men believe it is too high. Some 42pc of males in their 30s said it should be 17 years or less, compared with 27pc of women. Those living in Dublin are more likely to agree that 17 and lower is appropriate (40pc compared with 32pc).
While 35pc say it should be 17 or younger, another 33pc say it should be 18 – a year higher than the law states.
And 14pc believe that although 18 is an appropriate age to vote, stand in an election or sit on a jury, it's too young to have sex. This group said the age should be 19 years or higher.
The survey also shows that the average age deemed appropriate to have sex across all ages is 17.67 years.