Poll: 54 Percent View NRA Favorably

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National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre calls on Congress to pass a law putting armed police officers in every school in America during a news conference at the Willard Hotel December 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.

They’re not exactly the most lovable bunch, but despite what it may seem like on Twitter or in the media, most Americans still have a fondness for the National Rifle Association. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 54 percent of participants have a favorable opinion of the recently scandal-ridden gun lobby, while 38 percent view them unfavorably. The time period in which the poll was conducted includes NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s speech advocating the stationing of armed guards at each school in America. It remains to be seen which side Obama will run with as public pressure for gun control remains strong.