New poll says more young people feel politically empowered nowadays

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Some new research shows young people feel more politically empowered these days.

According to a new poll from The Associated Press, nearly half of Americans from the ages of 15 to 34 believe they have at least a moderate effect on government.

That's a big jump from two months ago when only 37 percent of people in that age range believed they had a voice in politics.

And the Pennington County GOP is looking to get more young people involved in politics as well.

"We have a group called Teen Age Republicans, Pennington County Teen Age Republicans that are called TARS. I'm the mentor of that group for the past five years and for the past four years they've won the outstanding TAR group in South Dakota," Marguerite McPhillips said, "a few of our really staunch ones graduated last year and are in college this past fall, winter, and spring," Pennington County Republican Party Chair.

The South Dakota Democratic Party says they try to get young adults involved in government by attending several events where young people are likely to be, including March for Our Lives.

Cole Adams says, "We have county chairs like Brooke Abdallah in her 30s. We have another county chair Kim Killer in Oglala Lakota County who's in her early 30s so a lot of people who are taking on major party leadership roles at the county-wide level. Whatever we can do to encourage young people. Right now, West River, the Democratic Party has eight candidates under 40 years of age."

The Associated Press says the increase in young people feeling politically empowered is likely due to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida back in February.