Fox News just released a new poll that shows support for the National Rifle Association is dwindling. The organization’s favorability rating has dropped into the negative zone for the first time ever.
The new poll comes on the heels of Donald Trump pondering whether to introduce new gun control legislation such as tougher background checks and red flag bills.
According to the poll of 1,013 registered voters, “42 percent have a favorable view of the NRA and 47 percent have an unfavorable view, the first time the gun rights lobby group has had a net negative rating.”
Moreover, “the 42 percent is favorability rating is the lowest since 2000 when it was 43 percent a year after the Columbine school shooting that rocked America.”
And in another of the Fox poll’s findings, “56 percent of gun-owning households have a positive view of the NRA, down from 67 percent the year before.”
The new poll also showed that there is strong support for criminal background checks on all gun purchases (90%). Those polled also support banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons (67%).
“The NRA is underwater because their extreme agenda has put them out of touch with the political mainstream,” John Feinblatt, president of the gun reform campaign group Everytown for Gun Safety, told Newsweek.
“The time is now for the Senate to say no to the fringe NRA and yes to the American people on gun safety.”
After mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Donald Trump has stated that he will move forward with gun control but has so far taken no action.
Republicans are not keen on supporting gun control because they worry that they will lose supporters. This close to the 2020 elections, Donald Trump certainly does not want to distance himself from his base.
Republicans have historically been hostile to gun reform because their voters were strongly pro-Second Amendment.
Trump has touted gun control before. After the Parkland shooting, he said he supported stricter gun regulations, but he acted in no way to make that happen.
“He seems determined to do something and believes there is space to get something done this time around,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, stated last week.
“The president has a pretty common-sense point of view. He’s never been a sports or gun enthusiast. But he is more determined than ever to do something on his watch.”