Parkland Students Keep Pushing Gun Control — New Poll Shows How 'Little' Their Efforts Are Working

| MAY 24, 2018 | 5:48 PM

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Parkland students launched a gun control movement following February's tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but new data suggests they aren't having much luck with swaying public opinion on firearms.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the influences of David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez — and their March for Our Lives — have had “little lasting impact” on Americans' views on gun control.

In fact, 69 percent of American adults support strong or moderate regulations or restrictions on firearms — down a whopping 6 percentage points since March, when an initial poll was conducted after the shooting and found 75 percent of Americans in favor of such.

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What's more is that the new results are virtually unchanged from pre-Parkland numbers.

The uptick in public support for gun control after the Parkland shooting is consistent with polling trends after other shootings, which showed an immediate spike in support for gun control measures followed by a gradual return to pre-shooting levels over a few months.

“Once-heightened concerns about gun violence have tapered back to previous levels, as has a desire for stricter gun laws and a belief that gun restrictions can be passed without violating Second Amendment rights,” a similar poll by Huffington Post and YouGov revealed.

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The results come in the face of a committed effort by many Parkland students towards making sure the tragedy at their school isn't forgotten by the rest of the nation.

Hogg, however, has stated that their movement's success should be measured not by the results of opinion polls, but rather by how many NRA-backed members of Congress are voted out of office in November.

“We can have all the public support that we want, but if people do not get out and vote, we’re not going to have an impact,” he said.