Poll: NRA more popular than Hollywood

Taylor Bigler Entertainment Editor
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The National Rifle Association has been in the headlines almost as frequently as Lindsay Lohan goes to jail these days.

The country’s top gun lobby has been vocal about pushing back against proposed gun legislation from Congress and President Obama in the wake of the tragic Newtown, Conn., mass shooting.

While the group is no stranger to controversy, Americans view it in a more favorable light in recent years than the entertainment industry.

In a new NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll of 1,000 adults, 41 percent said they see the NRA in a positive light, and 34 percent view the gun lobby in a negative light.

“The NRA’s fav/unfav score is virtually unchanged from its 41 percent-to-29 percent rating in the Jan. 2011 NBC/WSJ poll, nearly two years before the Newtown shootings,” NBC reports. In the 1990’s, negative feelings about the NRA heavily outweighed positive ones.

Sixty-two percent of gun owners view the NRA favorably, while just 25 percent of non-gun owners view it in a positive light.

On the other hand, only 24 percent of respondents have positive feelings about the entertainment industry, while 39 percent have negative feelings about Hollywood. Endless Kim Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo child coverage is bound to turn some people off of the entertainment industry.

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