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Poll: NRA Lost Favor After Armed Guards Proposal

By BERNIE DAVIDOW

The Hartford Courant

2:27 PM EST, January 9, 2013

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The National Rifle Association lost favor with voters after its pre-Christmas press conference addressing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Polling center.

A poll conducted before the press conference found that 48 percent of voters surveyed had a favorable image of the NRA and 41 percent had an unfavorable view. Afterward, the numbers were 42 percent favorable, 45 percent unfavorable, the polling center found.

“The NRA’s focus on putting more guns in schools is likely what’s driving the decline in the organization’s image,” PPP said in a statement accompanying the release of its poll numbers Wednesday. “Only 41% of voters support the organization’s proposal to put armed police officers in schools across the country, with 50% opposed.”

On Dec. 14, a gunman fatally shot 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook school, in Newtown, and then killed himself. Earlier, he had killed his mother at the home they shared.

At a press conference Dec. 21, NRA lobbyist Wayne LaPierre proposed posting armed police officers in all the country’s schools.  ”The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said.

The PPP survey was conducted from Jan. 3 to 6 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.0 percentage points.  The poll results are available on the PPP website.