Sorry Hillary, The NRA Is More Popular Than You

Posted: Oct 06, 2015 1:00 PM

Last week during a town hall style campaign stop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went on a rant about the NRA a day after a madman murdered 10 people at Umpqua Community College. From TIME

In fiery remarks delivered at Broward College in Davie, Florida, Clinton lambasted the NRA and vowed to take on the gun lobby as president.

“What is wrong with us, that we cannot stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby, and the gun manufacturers they represent?” a visibly angry Clinton said. “This is not just tragic. We don’t just need to pray for people. We need to act and we need to build a movement. It’s infuriating.”

Clinton refrained just a day earlier on the eve of the Oregon shooting from harshly critiquing the NRA, and called on Thursday for stricter gun control measures.

But she used her remarks on Friday to go on the attack, calling out Republicans for blocking background checks and other measures in Congress. “Republicans keep refusing to do anything to protect our communities. They put the NRA ahead of American families,” Clinton said.

But what Clinton fails to understand is that the NRA has a higher approval rating among American voters than she does. 

According to an August 2015 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, the NRA has an approval rating of 43 percent and a disapproval of 32 percent. 

Clinton holds a favorability rating of 41 percent, with 51 viewing her as unfavorable. According to Gallup, this is her worst number since her position as First Lady in the 90s: 

Dogged by continued scrutiny of her email practices as secretary of state, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's favorability with the American public has sunk to one of its lowest levels in Gallup's 23-year trend. Currently, 41% of U.S. adults say they have a favorable opinion of the Democratic front-runner, while 51% hold an unfavorable view.

You can bet the NRA is ready to take on Clinton as 2016 inches closer.