A recent poll done by Reuters/Ipsos, “found that the National Rifle Association (NRA) was viewed favorably by 68% of Americans, and unfavorably by 32%,” Second Amendment author David Kopel recently noted in a column for the online news source, The Volokh Conspiracy.
“Unlike most polls, the Reuters poll apparently did not allow ‘unsure’ or ‘undecided’ as a choice. In each of the demographics which the poll provided-Republicans, Democrats, independents, whites, and blacks-the NRA was viewed favorably by at least 55%.”
Over the last two decades, America’s view of the NRA has become increasingly positive. Kopel noted that, “A 2005 Gallup Poll had found a 60/34 favorable/unfavorable view of the NRA. Previous Gallup results were 52/39 (May 2000), 51/39 (April 2000), 51/40 (April 1999, right after the Columbine High School murders), 42/51 (June 1995), and 55/32 (March 1993).”
Kopel also compared the relationship between country’s views of the NRA and its feelings about handgun control. A 2011 Gallup poll found that 73 percent of Americans did not support laws which would ban handguns, a record.
“As American public opinion has evolved from a majority to a super-majority which supports the right to own a handgun, public opinion has likewise moved towards a super-majority with a favorable view of the NRA.”
Kopel’s conclusion: “Founded in 1871, the NRA views itself as ‘America’s oldest civil rights organization,’ an embodiment of American freedom values. These days, it seems that most Americans tend to agree.”