While the National Rifle Association takes a beating daily in the media, a recent poll shows a majority of Americans still support the nation’s leading gun-rights group. 

Gallup polling shows 54 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the NRA. Thirty-eight percent have an unfavorable opinion. 

The NRA has once again emerged at the center of a national policy debate, as President Obama and congressional Democrats push a new gun-control plan in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting. The group faced criticism for a press conference one week after the shooting in which NRA chief Wayne LaPierre blasted critics and called for armed guards in every school.
 
Still, the Gallup polling was conducted around the time of that press conference, from Dec. 19-22. NRA membership has also surged in recent weeks. 

Perhaps not surprisingly, the favorable opinions were even higher among those who own a gun. Among those who don’t, just four in 10 support the NRA. 

The poll of 1,000 adults was conducted Jan. 16-17. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points. 

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