The American Public May Finally Be Turning on the NRA

Many people worried that it would be business as usual after the mass shooting at Parkland, Florida’s, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: outrage, politicians do nothing, everyone gives up until the next outrage. Rinse, wash, repeat. Fortunately, there’s growing evidence that we’ve finally broken the cycle.


An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that the NRA’s favorability ratings have taken a hit since the shooting in mid-February. Support has dropped so much that for the first time in 18 years, the number of people who saw the NRA in a negative light outweighed those who favored it.

The NRA’s fav/unfav rating is underwater, with 37 percent viewing the organization positively and with 40 percent seeing it in a negative light (-3). That’s a noticeable shift from April 2017, when it was 45 percent positive, 33 percent negative (+12).

In fact, it’s the first time since before 2000 when the NRA has been viewed more negatively than positively in the NBC/WSJ poll.

Interestingly enough, the largest reduction of support came from white married women. Only 35 percent of them see the NRA in a positive light, compared to 50 percent last year.

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