Young Americans Driving Gun Safety as an Electoral Issue

PR Newswire:

A new national poll of young Americans (14- to 29- years-old) finds that school shootings are the most concerning issue when they think about the future of America and that voting age respondents are likely to carry these concerns into voting booths in the midterm elections.  The survey also found broad support for stricter gun laws, even among gun owners.

The comprehensive study, directed by John Della Volpe, CEO of SocialSphere and Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, began in June 2018 with six focus groups and town meetings with young Americans in Atlanta, Columbus and Los Angeles.

More from the study:

  • 70% of young Americans believe gun laws should be more strict, including 71% that are of voting age.

  • 67% of 18-to-29 year olds say school shootings are “one of America’s most pressing issues”

  • 46% have participated in a school shooting drill, but only 16% say it made them feel safer.