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Most Like the NRA But Aren't Moved by Its Endorsement

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Most voters share a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association and say their Second Amendment constitutional right to own a gun is important to their vote in the coming elections. But even among voters who rate the second Amendment highly, the NRA's endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn't critical to how they will vote.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters now view the NRA favorably, unchanged from five years ago. Favorables for the pro-gun rights organization fell slightly to 49% in early 2013 just weeks after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Forty percent (40%) view the NRA unfavorably. The latest findings include 32% with a Very Favorable opinion and 25% with a Very Unfavorable one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters each were conducted on August 11 and 14, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error for each survey 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.

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