“Fifty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, while 38% have an unfavorable opinion,” Gallup says in reporting the results of a poll taken before Christmas, but after the Sandy Hook shooting. Republicans and Democrats report widely divergent views of the NRA, but 54 percent of independents have a favorable opinion of the NRA — just like the nation as a whole.The media is well aware of their problem on this, and the shrillness of their attacks on the 2nd amendment is testimony to this. They hope to badger and nag enough of middle America to their point of view that they can get guns removed from the hands of ordinary citizens, and they can proceed to implement their social and economic policies without fear of any opposition from an armed public.
The NRA’s image thus seems fairly resilient, as the poll shows they retain their support despite negative media attention. CNN’s Piers Morgan, for instance, tweeted as he watched Meet the Press that he was enjoying “Watching @davidgregory expose [NRA head] Wayne Lapierre for what he is – a dangerous, dim-witted, deluded menace to American safety.”They live in a world with armed guards at their door, and their children go to private schools with armed guards, which they would deny to the rest of the nation; after all, the notion that the best defense against a crazy man with a gun is a sane man with a gun doesn't fit the agenda.
The percentage of Americans with a very favorable view of the NRA (21 percent) is higher than it has ever been since 1993 (when it was 22 percent), before then-President Clinton signed an assault weapons ban.
The best way I know to influence the low information voter is to make something look and seem cool. Chicks with guns are cool...
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