Even after the horrific Sandy Hook shooting, which left 20 children and seven adults dead, and the disastrous press conference in which the NRA’s chief, Wayne LaPierre offered an eye-rollingly predictable solution of more guns, the NRA hasn’t appeared to have suffered, at least according to Gallup. However, despite the fact that the NRA is essentially for no gun regulation ever for any reason whatsoever, most people agree that there should be some gun regulation.
While the Gallup poll doesn’t show the NRA at its highest approval level – that was in 2005, which was the last time the poll was taken – the NRA is still registering a 54 percent favorable rating. Its unfavorable has risen only 4 percent, to 38 percent, from 2005. Only 35 percent believe that the NRA represents their views most or all of the time. Seventy percent of households admit to having guns in the house at least some of the time.
The poll was divided along party lines, with Republicans having a much higher favorability rating than Democrats, at 83 percent and 36 percent, respectively.
The press conference, however, took place in the middle of the polling session, which was from December 19-22.
A CBS poll paints a different picture. It was conducted before the press conference, but after the shooting, December 14-16. According to the those results, a full 57 percent of Americans want tighter gun control. 39 percent are opposed. In April of this year, only 39 percent of respondents wanted stricter gun laws. Again, there was a dramatic party divide, with 78 percent of Democrats wanting some regulation and just 38 percent of Republicans. Only 42 percent of respondents felt that stricter laws would have prevented the Newtown Shooting. They weren’t asked if they felt there might have been fewer casualties if high-capacity rifles like the Bushmaster AR-15, which was used to kill so many people in such a short period of time, would be outlawed.
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