Poll: March for Our Lives students seen more favorably than NRA
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Americans view the students who led nationwide protests against gun violence more positively than the National Rifle Association (NRA), according to a survey released Tuesday by the left-leaning firm Public Policy Polling.

A majority of respondents, 56 percent, see the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who organized Saturday's March for Our Lives, in a positive light, compared to 34 percent who say they have an unfavorable view of them.

By comparison, only 39 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of the NRA, the powerful gun rights lobbying group that has vehemently opposed the student-led protests. Forty-four percent of respondents have a negative view.


The survey also found wide support for stronger gun laws. Sixty percent of respondents said they want tighter restrictions on firearms, while 32 percent are opposed to such measures.

In particular, Americans overwhelmingly, at 87 percent, back strengthening background checks for all gun buys, the poll found. That includes strong support among Democrats, Republicans and independents.

Nearly two-thirds, 64 percent, also said they support a ban on assault-style weapons. Only 26 percent of respondents were opposed to such a prohibition. 

The results of the poll, which was conducted from March 23-25, came days after hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in cities across the country on Saturday to demand an end to gun violence.

The March for Our Lives rallies were organized following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead and 14 others injured.

That attack prompted a fierce debate over the nation's gun laws that has largely been led by students at the school. 

The survey's results are based on responses from 846 registered voters. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.