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Poll: Even Democrats Say the NRA Is Beating the White House on the Gun Debate

Who has been more effective in the gun-control debate—President Obama or the National Rifle Association?

DEMOCRATS (95 Votes)

President Obama: 43%
National Rifle Association: 57%


President Obama

“No contest; the NRA has been absolutely awful. The NRA’s ineptitude has produced historic levels of public support for sensible gun control.”

“To this point, the president has dealt with the NRA like he dealt with clay pigeons in skeet shooting: Pull! Bam!”


“The NRA has rallied its base, but President Obama takes his base and sounds reasonable to everyone in the middle.”

“The NRA may win this round based on their fear-based political work, but Obama has been persuasive and passionate, while [Wayne] LaPierre has been rambling and unhinged.”

“If it was a debating contest, the president would win; unfortunately, it’s not.”

National Rifle Association


“Despite being on the defensive early on, the NRA has demonstrated an unrelenting meanness that has cowed all but the most safely seated members of Congress.”

“Assuming the test of being ‘effective’ is legislation backing up your position, to date the NRA is, regrettably, winning.”

“Paranoia trumps reason.”

“After initial gaffes, the NRA has been more single-minded. A president has many jobs—the NRA has one only.”

“The president never built the coalition of gun owners and NRA members to reach the other side. The public arguments have all been based on reason. Bad strategy.”

“Total miscalculation by the White House, and no way to spin this to the victory column.”

“Popular vote may be with Obama, but the activist vote is with the NRA.”

“The National Rifle Association is a vampire; they suck our blood and seem to have eternal life to protect their issues. It will take garlic and a stake in the heart.”

“It is mind-boggling to me that Obama and his folks are not asserting themselves better on this incredibly important issue to voters.”



Who has been more effective in the gun-control debate—President Obama or the National Rifle Association?


President Obama: 20%
National Rifle Association: 80%

President Obama

“The White House has managed this much better than usual. Keeping a lid on the gun groups has been very effective.”

“The NRA may ultimately win, but their messaging to date has been cringe-worthy.”

“Short term, it is the NRA. For the future in politics, however, the Obama message is the one that is going to sell.”

National Rifle Association

“Not because they have been better—but because when President Obama is not talking about jobs and the economy, the country gets frustrated with him. Note the recent drop in job approval.”

“Non-gun-activists accept the NRA’s basic premise: Gun laws would not have prevented Newtown.”

“Obama had a window, but he blinked—every day the status quo gets stronger.”

“The pending outcome of the proposed legislation speaks for itself.”

“LaPierre got bad reviews for his initial news conference, but his ‘good guy with a gun’ argument has prevailed. Gun control is not crime control.”

“Gun legislation today polls exactly as it has for years. The president has been shooting blanks.”

“The president needs to stop pontificating and start serious one-on-one meetings with members of Congress.”

“To an owner, Obama is the Todd Akin of gun rights. The NRA is just leveraging that back on the POTUS.”

“If you don’t want to let a crisis go to waste, you need more urgency than Obama has shown.”

“The president continues to act as if speeches equal action. He seems to feel the hard work of persuading members of Congress is somehow beneath him. Once again, Obama is all talk.”

“The president has the media, Hollywood, and the biggest microphone on the planet, and he’s getting whipped.”

“No assault weapons or ammo restrictions after a seminal incident. Wayne’s World, dude.”


Democratic Political Insiders Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O’Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

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