By Henry Decker

Poll: NRA’s Popularity Declining

January 9, 2013 6:07 pm Category: Memo Pad 50 Comments A+ / A-

According to Public Policy Polling’s latest national poll, the National Rifle Association has seen its public image decline significantly since its CEO Wayne LaPierre’s unhinged press conference in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

PPP finds that 45 percent of voters now have an unfavorable view of the NRA, with 42 percent viewing it favorably. That represents a 10 percent swing from PPP’s previous national poll — conducted two days before LaPierre’s press conference — in which 48 percent viewed the NRA favorably, and 41 percent unfavorably.

Steve Benen of MSNBC’s MaddowBlog helpfully illustrates the reversal with this chart:

The decline in popularity has been bipartisan; among Democrats the NRA’s net favorability dropped 15 percent, and among Republicans it declined by 4 percent.

PPP concludes that the NRA’s “solution” to school shootings — putting more guns in classrooms — is driving the group’s image problem… 50 percent of voters oppose LaPierre’s proposal to put armed police officers in all schools, while 41 percent support it.

Furthermore, 64 percent disapprove of the idea of giving teachers guns, while only 27 percent support it. That proposal is opposed across the board; Democrats 77 to 19 percent, Republicans 50 to 35 percent, and independents 59 to 31 percent. Additionally, gun owners oppose arming teachers by a 52 to 37 percent margin.

Overall, 53 percent of voters say that they favor stricter gun laws in general, while 40 percent do not.

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  • bpai99

    This doesn’t matter. The NRA is too powerful to be defeated. Obama would be stupid to go all-in on a battle he has zero chance of winning. I’m not saying that’s best for the country, but denying reality is for Tea Partiers.

    • jointerjohn

      I’m a locally elected official and can tell you the NRA has been intimidating and extracting membership dues from politicians and businesspersons who don’t actually believe in them for many years. Don’t anyone out there think that all their card-carrying members believe their idiotic tripe. Many take membership out of pure political extortion.

      I agree that our President wasting his energy on what is basically nothing but a marketing firm would be foolish for him, but a perfect and empowering project for the citizens of this country. I hope Congresswoman Giffords’ new organization will become the organizational base, I can’t wait to join.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

    I’ve been a gun owner for the better part of 50 some odd years. I gave up my NRA membership decades ago when they cast aside the idea of being representative of sportsmen and became a lobby arm for the weapons industry. They became too political and ideological for my taste and nothing has come forth to change my mind.

    • docb

      Same here, Lynda!

      The NRA leadership is a shill for the gun slaughter manufacturer’s ..The Membership of 4 million are NOT CONTRIBUTING THE $221 MILLION that the Lapepe gaggle weld at regulation! The $$$ come from the weapons manufacturers and Alec/Kocked-up Bros..not the membership!

      They are puppet lobbyists for profit not for the members! Paper tigers..Shut them down or continue to have the BLOOD OF THE SLAUGHTERED CHILDREN ON YOUR HANDS!

      • onedonewong

        here $$ comes voluntaliry unlike ACORN< NAACP LARAZA that are all funded by the taxpayers

        • myfanwy

          ACORN has not existed since 2008.

          • http://www.facebook.com/crzydancer Richard Holmes

            They just changed their name.

          • onedonewong

            EXACTLY

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EYRWGHDD6YJG76PPC37PJTIA5U Richard

        The NAACP is a non-profit organization. The only way the money they get is from volunteers. Check your facts.

        • docb

          Richard, I said noting about the NAACP..you directed your comments to the wrong person I think!

    • William Quigley

      Lynda, I went through the same process. What really hit me recently was a study that showed that the USA has by far the highest rate of violent gun death of minors. More than half of all gun caused deaths to children in the world are in The US.

      • TonyinMO

        That has more to do with the percentage of incompetent parents who aren’t smart enough to secure their weapons away from their children than the GUN itself.

        William your opinion is incorrect Columbia has the highest rate @ 51.77 the US is only 2.97 per capita.

        • SusanK6461

          TonyinMO William is comparing deaths IN THE WORLD not per capita.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/AWUGKRWGVWLUHBA7ODL3Q7JNSY Jim

          You are so dumb TonyinMO! How can you say Only to the death of children in this country? You must have a very low IQ to blame the parent or parents. You think if a young adult child (late teens) wants to have access to weapons that are locked up safely at home they would not be able to break in and have the weapon? You have a bank safe in your home? Think dumb dumb before you speak.

          • TonyinMO

            Jim, I’d say hands down you win the dumb@ss award here. You don’t know what kind of safe I keep my guns in. I’d also bet you don’t own a gun or a safe. All you have managed to do here is talk out your @$$ and make a fool of yourself. Congratulations!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGHNYPK4GNCRYZLXWVZ447WHJM Plznnn

        William, see my post above about the many more murders of Children by Illegal “immigrants” than by the tragedy at Sandy Hook, YET, BO gives “Them”, Amnesty! ! !?

    • SusanK6461

      Me too Lynda. It was glaringly apparent 25 years ago when I gave up mine, I could see what damage it could do.

    • onedonewong

      and yet your still a card carrying memeber of the communist party….

  • http://twitter.com/cmartin002 Colette

    They are 2nd Amendment pimps. Nefarious Rifle Association. Responsible gun owners reject their ideology as well. 80 million gun owners in US, and only 4.3M NRA members.

    • TonyinMO

      For being so insignificant they sure seem to have yours along with much of the countries attention.

      It’s good that you are at least somewhat conscience of what the government controlled media is doing to distract you from the real problem. With any luck at all you get the big picture before it’s too late.

      • Snowbeard

        It’s not so much that the NRA is insignificant, Tony. It’s that the NRA doesn’t represent it’s membership. The membership is strictly a tool or flipchart for them to use in their lobbying business for the gun manufacturers. It’s their lobbying tactics that has everyone’s attention.

        • TonyinMO

          I replied to someone elses rant about the NRA you just took my comment out of context. I said: “For being so insignificant they sure seem to have yours along with much of the countries attention.”

          Better luck following the thread next time.

  • Nomoresmoke

    If the NRA wants to improve their credibility and image then put their big bucks where their mouth is….offer to pay for the police protection in all schools. With homeland security in effect we are almost a police state now, let them add their 2 cents worth. If it doesn’t work then all their actions will prove the point of their suggestion(s). Hey, then they can brag about a ‘well armed militia’ and use their money for something other than repukelican prostitutes.
    “For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
    people to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

    • TonyinMO

      I can’t understand why the left is going apoplectic over the idea of putting police officers into schools. This didn’t even originate with the National Rifle Association.

      I don’t remember liberals reacting this way when their beloved Bill Clinton announced grants that would put 400 officers in schools, and then requested an additional $60 million from Congress to fund more of the same. This is the height of hypocrisy, but what we’ve all come to expect from liberals at every turn. I guess if you were all that smart you’d be conservatives.

      Finally, if one were really serious about solving a complex problem such as this, would you put the likes of Vice President Biden in charge of it?

  • ococoob

    NRA=Nuts Running the Asylum

  • TonyinMO

    Oh look the Lame Stream Media is posting more lies from skewed polls. Only those who are mentally diminished are buying this nonsense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joyce.maria.165685 Joyce Maria

      “We need to find a way to identify homicidal lunatics and get them off our streets forever”….Yes we do and let’s start with the biggest lunatic of all Wayne LaPierre.
      You people are so paranoid you completely miss the point. no one is talking about taking away your precious little weapons that makes you feel safe (an oxymoron, at best)…we’re talking about ASSAULT, HIGH POWERED WEAPONS, you LUNATIC! You people are such extremists and unwilling to open dialogue. Stop acting like a middle school student and learn to discuss the issues intelligently.

      • TonyinMO

        Where do you get off with the “you people” BS? Are you a racist? If anyone comes across as a looney extremest it’s YOU sweet cheeks!

        Enjoy your meltdown, I sure did. Bawhahahaha

  • Nomoresmoke

    Tony, the ‘Liberals’ aren’t exclusively anti-gun. Check Reagan’s record on gun control and most of all look at the Brady bunch.. fringe radical republicans, and no I wouldn’t want Joe Biden in charge of looking into the gun issues anymore than I want the NRA to be the sole spokesperson for pro-gun advocates. Like others the guns are a secondary issue , it’s the nut cases that have access to ANY gun. Sane people don’t go on a murder spree simply because they own guns. Schools don’t need armed guards if so then they become Institutions!

  • jnsgraphic

    The radical NRA gun lobbyist and ‘Right Wing Gun Nuts’ call for more Government to protect the fanatical 2nd Amendment Zealots (NOT the Amendment) so that they can abuse these rights to do almost anything they want. The NRA has contributed to and created this desensitized society by providing access to and promoting violence. In the past, the NRA succeeded in intimidating lawmakers and our politicians were reluctant to propose measures to tighten gun violence and gun control. In the wake of the Aurora and Newtown shootings, the tired refrain of the gun lobby and NRA that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is a shameful and cowardly attempt to evade all responsibility. Guns in schools or “more guns = less crime” is NOT a solution. We need to do something about putting reasonable limitations on “the right to bear arms”, just like no other right is absolute. The 2nd Amendment clearly states its purpose as being to provide for a well-regulated ‘citizen militia’, which hasn’t been relevant for two centuries until these right-wing extremist came up with their paranoid conspiracy theories. Instead, this amendment is being abused by the gun lobbyists to defend unlimited availability of firearms = unlimited killing power. Restrictions on sales of assault-style rifles would be an initial, credible response to calls for more gun control. We ALL must change our behaviors, stop financing violence, promote ‘rational’ solutions and stop ‘abusing’ the 2nd Amendment. Strong leadership is needed NOW in the fight to prevent gun violence; hopefully Joe Biden, Gabby Gifford and ‘responsible’ gun owners will lead the way.

  • Able Disabled

    NRA is an industry lobbyist, a sales arm, not a representative of responsible or sporting gun owners. Anyone who says defense of hearth and home or sportsmanship in hunting includes amassing weapons and ammo and mass kill weaponry can’t be taken seriously by normal people.
    The 2nd amendment is to protect rights for ownership of guns like the handguns and rifles that were available at that time. Some do not realize that the protection of hearth and home and hunting for food and arming of state militias is not at issue. Guns designed for mass kill in war zones and to be used by trained supervised troops in were not considered in the 2nd amendment and do not belong in the streets or on the kitchen table or mixed with beer. There are ways to protect both the 2nd amendment and the people from excessive gun violence. We need to work on it. The TV and movie unrealistic romanticizing of the bloody, scary, mean, harsh days of the “Wild West” has not done us any good in this discussion, either.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Henry Decker, useful idiot du jour, once again attempts to make news with a phony poll with a predesigned purpose set up before taking the poll. The reality is different. In the weeks following Newtown, the NRA has seen is largest growth in membership in it’s history. As well, since Obozo won on 11/6, gun sales have been their highest ever. Since Newtown, try ordering a Bushmaster AR15 and find out what the wait is. Like a year right now.

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    Have a nice day!

    “I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.” – unknown

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      Replying to ObozoMustGo -

      The picture you showed speaks volumes. The benevolent hunter is shown with what appears to be a shot gun, or possibly a single shot rifle.

      The public largely is okay with either of those items. HOWEVER, THE PICTURE OF THE HOLLYWOOD VERSION IS TYPICAL OF THE ARMAMENTS THAT WAYNE LAPIERRE IS SO ADAMANT THAT EVERY WACKO SHOULD OWN WITH PRIDE!

      The real useless idiot du jour is Wayne Lapierre. Along with the insane wack jobs that support his vision. THAT IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MAJORITY OF NRA MEMBERS.

      Have a nice day.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Jimmy…. you have proven yourself to be about as dumb as a rock. Why am I not surprised? Only an idiot believes a gun is “bad” or “more bad” based upon how it looks. Just like that idiot Feinstein admitted back in 1994 when she wrote the bill to ban so-called “assault weapons” based upon staffers combing through catalogs and listing the “mean looking guns” to be the ones banned.

        You’re too stupid for words, Jimmy boy!

        Have a nice day!

        As Founding Father Tench Coxe said, while attempting to allay the fears of critics of the proposed Constitution: “The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American… [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” – Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

        • ExPAVIC

          YOU MORON

          What part of you that doesn’t go through the door last does not comprehend the fact that you don’t need a semi-automatic assault rifle capable of firing 30 rounds in 27 seconds to enjoy shooting sports or go hunting?

          That is unless you have designs on some Montana educational institution, and are still as upset as you are over the results of the last election.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=536170668 Charles Williams

    Lynda and i have nearly a duplicate life and understandings about this. But that said, NRA is still the biggest elephant in the room and last week i re-joined. I also gave to Gun Owners of America, NAGR. What choice is there? We need a larger voice.

  • ExPAVIC

    An Example

    This once long-time member and hunter-shooting sports participant for nearly 60 years would not joint the current, fanatically inclined NRA bunch if Wayne La Pierre himself offered to pay my dues.

    The NRA gang took a step towards the fanatical about fifteen years ago and have screwed up the organization in the process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.kelley.7923 Dennis Kelley

    YES….finally some Americans waking up and openining their eyes and SPEAKING OUT!…the nra[the neanderthal rightwinger A holes] have NEVER give a damn about peoples so called 2nd amendment rights….they just wanna shove politicians around and profit off of the sale of guns.i hope in my lifetime we see the dissolution of this organization and that someday they will be the punchline to a very bad joke.

  • Citizen009

    The NRA boost it has 3 million members. The population of the United States is 400 million. How does a group of people that represents less than 1% Americans get so powerful? Really?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGHNYPK4GNCRYZLXWVZ447WHJM Plznnn

    The NRA is an important organization to protect OUR 2nd. Amendment Rights for the security of a FREE State, the Right to “Keep” & (BEAR) arms, shall NOT be infringed. This has to do with the very real possibility of a Too Powerful Central Government taking control of our lives & Liberty. This means if the Federal Government goes too far either Left OR Right. You will be glad you have the security from Government someday, when you realize how important it is.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGHNYPK4GNCRYZLXWVZ447WHJM Plznnn

    P.S. Many, many more Childern are murdered “every” year from the hands of Illegal “immigrants”, YET, Obama & the Democrats give “them” Amnesty???

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ5BBSQIGTUMERPZFALES6HQNY Bill

      What f***ing world do you live in? You keep making up things attributed to illegal immigrants – 6mm voted to re-elect Prseident Obama (no facts to back it up) and more children are murdered but these same illegal immigrants, (where/when/who???) Stop making up your ridiculous statement or post them on Fox’ website.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RNFR4ZPMFAGLEXTKAHSRTY6TE4 James

    All these Polls bought and paid for by anti gunners, no doubt.

  • onedonewong

    And yet the VAST majority of Americans are opposed to any gun ban

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WPF22DKWGCCX3YTE6NG74PLAIA John Henery

    I believe all good american have the right to own any gun they want . I have been a gun owner all my life and a hunter ,But we have the right to protect our self from who ever try to hurt us . You can,t protect your self with a single shot gun when they have a alsalt gun . We also have the right to protect our self from our goverment if we have to

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FNM2XTZIXMILD7URGPM66QADOU Silkie

    This is complete crap! I sent another $100.00 to the NRA-ILA just to fight off the great black hope from his gun grab scam. The democrats like to dance in the blood of children to get there flawed agenda cramped down the throat of the general and stupid public, that do not know a semi auto from a full auto and the liberals love this point to blow smoke up everyones a$$

    • http://twitter.com/Ptaray Ray Bilodeau

      hmmm, sounds like you just payed $100.00 to blow smoke up your own a$$?…

      while giving many a freebie reminder opportunity:

      HEY shout out to gun 2nd Amd. supporters like many liberals, 7 regular folks in Urban population centers. To the rest of the world and REASONABLE conservatives & GOP alike…

      LOOK & SEE that the true scared and weak willed folks hide their fear of Obama as a man behind the strength of a piece of cold steel. which implies minus that gun, they are cowards of mind and have no valid words to defend their positions. Otherwise they would be in the public view stating them.
      If they can’t even stand behind their words in physical body without the need for validation by threat of force they are not fit to lead, nor speak are they? really?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GCXB2EABXANRR2IK7QHS3TAPOU ROBERT C HASTINGS

    Until guns are identified as a public health hazard,like alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, drunk driving, etc., they will not become regulated like those issues. It seems like the whole country has bought into the idea, “the only way you’ll get my gun is to pry it from my cold, dead hands.” Once we realize, as some of the folks below have stated, that the NRA (and others) are nothing more than the mouth for the gun industry, and the only purpose they push gun ownership is to increase their sponsors’ profits, then we will begin to realize that gun ownership is not a necessity. Hell, if gun owners exercised their other Constitutional rights (voting, etc.) like they do their Second Amendment rights, they wouldn’t be so gung-ho on arming everyone. They might even begin to realize that life is more than just a two-dimensional us-against-them video game.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AWUGKRWGVWLUHBA7ODL3Q7JNSY Jim

    The NRA’s motives are always to voice the opinion of those who support them financially. That has already been established as the weapons industry whose goal is to arm every American with more than one weapon. The NRA is let’s say owned by the weapons industry. It is fair to say they do not give a shit about Americans. That is the reason that some weapons that RAMBO has are allowed to be bought here in the US by anyone. No sense (NONSENSE) at all,

  • http://twitter.com/Ptaray Ray Bilodeau

    Sad really, the NRA once was a class act for its day. Now it is Nut Radicals & A-holes….
    the GOP was once sane and almost reasonable, now it is Gun Over People/Gold Over People/God Over People/Geographical Organized Profits….

    The extreme of the political right or left must be marginalized and put back on the fringe where it belongs. The GOP presidential hopeful who stands up to the party loons and grasps the need for the transformation of the POLICY, not talking points of the GOP will win many votes just for having the courage to actually lead beyond the crazy clan mentality.

    If the foundation of the GOP is morally tied to conservative evangelical and fundamental dogma and racial ignorance as its core foundation, then the GOP will fade and a new Republican group MUST RISE to allow the extreme and national social disease style political agenda to perish on its own as a viable leadership option for Americans.
    Two terms of Obama and a coalition of minorities, women and reasonable everybody else has pretty much settled the debate over what the American people want, but the radicals want war, chaos and hate. uhm… YOU FOLKS LOST…
    Burn down your OWN HOMES but leave the American people and their homes out of this.

    We will watch your fringe house fires burn…..and still ask why you kill the nation you say you love and hate the people who you say require the most spiritual guidance?

    Self loathing and greed with a facade of vanity makes f0r a sad party platform….

    But the GOP platform sure makes that argument.

    All the self-righteous indignation without any of the actual heartfelt humanity.

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