Poll: 47% Say NRA Members ‘Less Likely’ to Commit Gun Crime; 23% Want to Label 'Terrorist’ Group

By Craig Bannister | September 9, 2019 | 3:34pm EDT
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More than three times as many likely voters think National Rifle Association (NRA) members are “less likely” to commit a gun crime than say they’re “more likely” than the general population to do so, results of a new Rasmussen Reports survey reveal.

“Are NRA members more likely or less likely to commit a crime with a gun? Or is the level of gun crime by NRA members about the same as in the population at large?”

  • More Likely to Commit Gun Crime: 13%
  • Less Likely to Commit Gun Crime: 47%
  • About the Same: 28%
  • Undecided: 12%

“Even among Democrats, only 17% think NRA members are more likely to commit a crime with a gun,” Rasmussen notes in an announcement of the results of its survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted on September 5 and 8, 2019.

Still, nearly a quarter (23%) of all likely voters favor declaring the NRA a terrorist organization, and 18% say they think “Americans should be prohibited by law from belonging to pro-gun rights organizations like the NRA.”

Among likely Democrat voters, 32% favor declaring the NRA a terrorist organization and 28% think Americans should be prohibited from belonging to such groups. Among likely Republican voters, 14% favor the “terrorist” label and 15% say membership should be outlawed.

Of those with no party affiliation, 20% favor designating the NRA a terrorist organization and 10% say membership should be prohibited.

The survey has a margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


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