Survey: 18- And 19-Year Old Voters Are Suburban, Liberal And Energized By Parkland

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Photo: March For Our Lives Denver Crowds 8 (NM)
March For Our Lives protesters flooded Civic Center Park in downtown Denver, and gathered in smaller numbers around the state on Saturday, demanding an end to gun violence and more restrictions on access to firearms.

Young voters are in the spotlight this election as onlookers wonder if they will turn out in larger numbers than in the past. Just 22 percent of young people voted in the 2014 midterms, the lowest rate of any age group.

A new survey from the Education Week Research Center set out to better understand the youngest of youth voters, 18- and 19-year-olds. Results from more than a thousand respondents showed many young voters are suburban, identify as liberal and cite school shootings as their top concern.

CPR News education reporter Jenny Brundin broke down the survey for Colorado Matters, and talked to some young Coloradans about their voting habits and political beliefs.