Hillary Clinton recently claimed that she considers the National Rifle Association (NRA) an enemy. Recent polling has shown, however, that such a declaration may not be the smartest idea for courting the American people. In fact, the NRA is actually more popular than both Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. As Charles C.W. Cooke wrote:
Seductive as it might be, there is little within the facts to recommend this approach. As Gallup confirmed just this week, the NRA is not a fringe organization that has managed somehow to impose a greatly undeserved octopus’s grip, but a mainstream plank of American civil society with approval ratings of which the vast majority of national politicians could only dream. “Despite a year of blistering criticism,” the polling firm notes, “58% in the U.S. have a favorable opinion” of the NRA — a number that “includes the highest recording of ‘very favorable’ opinions (26%) since Gallup began asking this question in 1989.” That trend line is moving upwards.
Read the full report here.