February 22, 2018
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Following Walkouts In Florida, Polling Data Shows 62% of Young People Want to Lift the Dickey Amendment

Newly Released Polling Data Show More 18-45 Year Olds Want Repeal of Amendment Banning CDC from Studying Gun Violence

(Washington, D.C.) -- Following yesterday’s walkouts in schools across Florida, new data released by 314 action show that 18-45 year olds are more likely than older voters to favor a repeal of the Dickey Amendment, which bans the CDC from researching gun violence. Overall, voters favored repealing the ban by 55%-36%. Results of the question broken down by age were as follows:


A full memo from PPP and results can be found by clicking HERE.
President of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton, released the following statement:
“Regardless of age, our country is fed up with gun violence and we are ready for fact-based solutions to what is clearly a public health epidemic. The courage shown by those who walked out yesterday is heartening, and our data backs up the fact that the next generation of leaders will not stand for partisan politics, especially when it gets in the way of public safety.”
Known as the Dickey Amendment, the ban on research funding at the CDC was put in place in 1996 at the urging of the NRA. Since then, research on gun violence in America has come to a virtual standstill. The amendment’s author, Jay Dickey, publicly recanted his position on the amendment, saying, “We need to turn this over to science and take it away from politics.”
314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. 314 Action was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 400,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing issues. For more information, visit 314action.org