David Hogg at the March for Our Lives. Photo: Noah Galal/WireImage via Getty Images

A small but significant surge of young people say they feel politically empowered in the Youth Political Pulse survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, AP reports.

By the numbers: "46 percent of young people now believe they can have at least a moderate effect [on government], a significant increase from two months earlier, when 37 percent said the same."

  • "It's a change from a past survey that comes after a school shooting in Florida that elevated the voices of high school students in American politics."
  • "A slim majority, 54 percent, of people ages 15 to 34 ... continue to believe they have little or no effect on government."
  • Why it matters: "In that time, a group of students from Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ... succeeded in keeping the debate about gun safety in the news."
  • "They joined Tuesday with the New York-based organization HeadCount in an effort to hold voter registration drives at 90 percent of the nation's high schools before this year's senior class graduates."

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