March 15, 2018
More than seven in ten Americans (72%) support the right of students to walk out of their classrooms to protest gun violence, based on findings of a Marist Poll released on March 13—the day before the national demonstration was scheduled to take place.
Indeed, a majority of the 1, 050 U.S. adults who responded to the poll believe that students who participate in the National School Walkout should not face disciplinary action from their educators. This includes even a majority of gun owners (58%), Republicans (53%), and those who supported President Trump in the 2016 election (53%).
What’s more, 77% of respondents think the students from Parkland, Florida, who have been speaking out against gun violence and the mass shooting at their high school will have either a major (33%) or minor (44%) impact on gun reform in the United States
Another 22% think these students should be punished, while 19% think the students will not have any impact on the issue at all.
In another Marist Poll, conducted in late February, a similar 74% of U.S. adults said these students would influence the gun debate. The proportion who thought they would not have any impact has decreased from 23%.
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