The National Rifle Association has been met with considerable criticism for its response to the shooting in Newtown, Conn., but a poll released Thursday indicated that the pro-gun lobby remains fairly popular and more well-liked than another player in the gun control debate.
According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, more Americans view the NRA favorably than negatively: 41 percent gave the organization a positive approval rating, compared with 34 percent who gave it a negative rating.
That's not only above water, but a better rating than the one given to Hollywood and the entertainment industry — a segment thrust into the gun control debate by individuals leery of the psychological effects of violent movies and video games. Just 23 percent of respondents have a positive view of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, while 46 percent have an unfavorable view.
The complete poll will be released Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET.