Student Views

Poll: Most high schoolers think draft will return

A majority of American high schoolers think the government will bring back the military draft during their lifetimes. That's one of the findings in an annual survey by the Horatio Alger Association. Fifty-five percent of the teen-agers polled say young Americans will be required to serve in the military, up from 45 percent last year. Most say they would be opposed to a mandatory two-year hitch. More young people than not said the US was right to go to war in Iraq. Forty-four percent said the decision was correct, 33 percent said it was wrong, and the rest had no opinion or were unsure. The poll also finds fewer high school students are optimistic about the country's future. Last year, 75 percent said they were hopeful. Now, it's 68 percent.