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Poll Hub: Parkland Aftermath: The New Gun Debate


Poll Hub: Parkland Aftermath: The New Gun Debate

What Americans say they want and how it may drive swing voters to Democrats in 2018

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The latest mass school shooting – the killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018 – has renewed an age-old American debate about guns.

Does the Second Amendment (2A) protect the right of any American to own any gun under any circumstance? Should we ban assault weapons like the AR-15 used in Parkland? Should background checks and age limits be reassessed?

In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, The Marist Poll wanted to explore if positions had changed among supporters of President Donald Trump, swing voters such as suburban women, and independents. We also examine if the very public response of Parkland students (and other American teens) will have a long-lasting impact and whether any of this will affect the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections.

Full details of the poll can be found here.

About Poll Hub

Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what polls really show, and what the numbers really mean. Poll Hub is produced by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, home of America’s leading independent college public opinion poll, The Marist Poll. Lee Miringoff (Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion), Barbara Carvalho (Director of The Marist Poll) and Jay DeDapper (Director of Innovation at The Marist Poll) dig deep to give you a look at the inner workings of polls and what they tell us about our world, our country, and ourselves.

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