Gallup Poll: NRA Way More Popular Than the Media

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

No wonder the media hates the NRA so much. They’re jealous of their popularity.

Fifty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, while 38% have an unfavorable opinion. The public’s ratings of the NRA have fluctuated since first measured by Gallup in 1993 — from a low of 42% favorable in 1995 to a high of 60% in 2005.

What is your overall opinion of the National Rifle Association, also known as the NRA?

The NRA’s positions on guns and gun control legislation have received significant attention from media and politicians during the last week after the association’s top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, held a press conference in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. LaPierre denounced the idea of additional gun control legislation and instead called for armed guards in the nation’s schools. The press conference came midway through the field period of this Dec. 19-22 USA Today/Gallup poll.

Let’s contrast that with a Gallup poll of how detested the media is.

Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.

Trend since 1997: In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media -- such as newspapers, TV, and radio -- when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly -- a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?

The record distrust in the media, based on a survey conducted Sept. 6-9, 2012, also means that negativity toward the media is at an all-time high for a presidential election year. This reflects the continuation of a pattern in which negativity increases every election year compared with the year prior. The current gap between negative and positive views — 20 percentage points — is by far the highest Gallup has recorded since it began regularly asking the question in the 1990s. Trust in the media was much higher, and more positive than negative, in the years prior to 2004 — as high as 72% when Gallup asked this question three times in the 1970s.

Let’s see if the media schmucks who’ve been attacking the NRA even mention this. Gun-grabbing pols should be forewarned.

Update: Another factoid for the far left media to dwell upon–the NRA is even more popular than their God Obama.

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5 Responses to “Gallup Poll: NRA Way More Popular Than the Media”

  1. Concerned Parent on 28/28/12 at 10:44 am

    I am a legal gun owner who submitted to background checks, completed the appropriate training, and take gun ownership seriously. As law-abiding citizens we are expected to navigate the labyrinth of conflicting state laws regarding firearms and we do successfully everyday. Although many of these laws are conflicting between neighboring states, we still respect them and abide by them everyday. Let’s make it easy for everyone (including David Gregory) and develop a basic framework across the United States.

    With 300 million firearms in private hands (one-third of them pistols), the overwhelming majority of gun owners ARE responsible, law-abiding citizens, which is why these horrific massacres are not commonplace, but rather horrific outliers that can never be legislated away (e.g. DC, Chicago, and “Gun Free Zones”). We need teach personal responsibility to our children, family, friends, neighbors and politicians and hold them accountable for their actions.

    For several examples for the recent use of firearms for defensive purposes not typically reported by the national media please visit: and forward this address to others to whom this information may be useful. @forceequalizer

  2. AD-RtR/OS! on 28/28/12 at 11:43 am

    The Media approval rating has gone upside down since 2004.
    Isn’t that the election when the media REALLY took sides (remember the quote from Evan Thomas that the media was worth 15-pts to the Dem/Left?), and cast their lot unambiguously with John Kerry?
    Well, guess what Evan, we don’t really like you!

  3. gunnar myrdal on 28/28/12 at 1:02 pm

    NRA is – after all – a civil rights organization. Civil right to the Second Amendment to the Constitution.