Fifty-eight percent of Americans view the National Rifle Association favorably, despite a mass shooting in Oregon this month that prompted criticism of the gun lobby and strong words from the president, says a new Gallup survey reported by NPR. The mass shooting at an Oregon community college prompted the same soul-searching questions about gun control that follow every mass shooting. It also prompted a harsh rebuke from President Obama about the need for tighter gun control measures.
Gallup said the result on the NRA was “the highest recording of ‘very favorable’ opinions (26 percent) since Gallup began asking this question in 1989.” Another Gallup poll this week showed that 56 percent say more concealed weapons would make the country safer, a finding that lines up with support for the NRA. A third survey showed that 55 percent of Americans say laws on gun sales should be stricter than they are now. The percentage of people who favor stricter gun laws increased sharply from last year, jumping 8 percentage points. The study also said that 43 percent of people in the U.S. have a gun in their house or on their property.