46% of the 15 to 34 crowd believes young people can have at least moderate effect on the government, a recent poll from May shows -- compared to 37% in March.
What a difference a couple of months makes.
Forty-six percent of people aged 15 to 34 believe young people like themselves can have at least a moderate effect on what the government does, according to a poll released this week by MTV and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That marks a nine-point jump from their March poll, when 37% of young folks held that view.
The shift over time in the Youth Political Pulse survey was especially marked among people 15 to 22 years old, who expressed that sentiment at a rate of 48% in the most recent poll — compared to two months earlier, when that proportion stood at 33%. The first survey was conducted Feb. 22 through March 9; the more recent one was conducted between April 23 and May 9.
In the interim, the AP notes, student activists from Parkland, Fla., and beyond have kept the conversation around gun-safety reform alive in headlines — and continued mobilizing fellow young people to register to vote ahead of this year’s midterm elections.