If you believe the outlandish rhetoric of progressive politicians like Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is the most evil thing ever invented by mankind They make speeches trying to give the impression that its members’ first thing activity after they wake up in the morning is to beat up little puppies. But Americans aren’t paying attention to rhetoric as a new Gallup Poll indicates that 58% of Americans have a favorable view of the NRA.
Not only is support of the NRA strong, but it higher than it was in December 2012 when 54% of Americans had a factorable impression of the gun rights/education organization
As one might expect liberals have an unfavorable opinion of the NRA (30% favorable, 65% unfavorable), moderates (56%) and conservatives (77%) have a favorable opinion of the NRA. Using the chart below Favorable= Very Favorable +Mostly Favorable.
Both gun owners and non gun owners have a positive view of the NRA, although as one might expect gun owners support is at a much higher level (78%-20%) than those who don’t own a gun (49%-42%). Note: in an earlier survey Gallup determined that 28% of Americans own a gun.