A Rassmussen Poll released last week must have gun grabbers scratching their heads and calculating ways to manipulate their talking points accordingly.
In a telephone poll conducted by New York Daily News/Rasmussen Reports between November 30 – December 1, 2015 found that 61% of American adults agree with the statement, “The NRA supports gun policies that make all Americans safer.” That includes 35% who strongly agree.
That’s a 12% increase since 2012, when a poll conducted the same time three years ago after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. At that time, 49% of Americans viewed the NRA favorably, while 41% shared an unfavorable view of the organization.
When NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” at a media event, it was interrupted by protesters. One protester held a banner reading, “N.R.A. Killing Our Kids.”
In 2012, when the NRA endorsed armed guards at schools following the Connecticut incident, the statement was immediately met with skepticism and even calls that the NRA VP was ‘delusional’. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said arming schools ‘would not make them safer’.
However, a Rasmussen Reports survey conducted less than a month after Sandy Hook showed 62% of parents of school-aged children confirming they would feel safer with an armed security guard at their child’s school. Only 22% said they would feel safer if their child attended a gun-free school.
Fast forwarding to 2015, a November poll showed 75% of likely American voters now consider the right to bear arms important, including 54% who feel that right is very important, these polls continue to show a trend. That’s a 7% increase from three years ago when the question was first asked, when 68% rated gun rights important, including 49% who said it is very important.
With the NRA working hard to provide crucial programs to assist gun owners nationwide and it’s NRA-ILA side working to ensure gun owners Second Amendment rights aren’t trampled on by politicians, more Americans are taking notice. In spite of the efforts of Bloomberg, Moms Demand Action, and the Obama administration, the overwhelming support for all things 2A continues to rise.
I for one am thrilled to see the NRA receiving the (positive) attention it very much deserves.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on November 30-December 1, 2015 by the New York Daily News and Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.