More Opposition Means More Support When it Comes to the NRA
The poll showed the NRA enjoying historically high approval ratings, with 58 percent of Americans saying they had an overall “favorable” impression of the organization. The poll also revealed the NRA’s best-ever “very favorable” opinions with 26 percent, the highest since Gallup started asking the question in 1989.
In fact, in the last 26 years, the NRA’s favorability rating has been higher only once — in 2005, when it was at 60 percent.
These poll results came on the heels of a staunch liberal attacks on the organization and those who support it. Recent mass shootings, such as the early October shooting at an Oregon community college, prompted President Barack Obama to rebuke anti-gun control advocates, such as the NRA, for blocking further impingement of the Second Amendment.
“Even after shootings nationwide, Americans overall still have a favorable opinion of the NRA, as they typically have, suggesting that the public may not be specifically blaming the organization for the crimes of those who commit mass shootings,” Gallup said.