Poll: NRA image suffers after press conference

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NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre.

A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows that the NRA’s image tarnished after executive VP Wayne LaPierre’s controversial pre-Christmas press conference.

The PPP survey shows that 42 percent of voters see the NRA favorably and 45 percent have an unfavorable view of the organization. The NRA's positive rating dropped 10 points in less than three weeks.

The NRA’s popularity has declined with members of both main parties, though Republican support remains at a 66 percent.

PPP found that 41 percent of voters support the NRA’s proposal to place armed police officers in schools, and that just a narrow majority of Republicans support the idea.

The poll found 27 percent of voters support arming teachers.

On other questions, PPP found that Barack Obama’s approval rating is at 51 percent, a point higher than a month ago. Mitt Romney’s approval rating since he exited the spotlight in November has dropped eight points to 40 percent.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, considered a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, is more popular with Democrats than Republicans on a national scale.