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The American Public May Finally Be Turning on the NRA

A new poll suggests the organization is less popular than ever before.

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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.