Poll shows public views on advocacy groups

July 6, 2011 at 12:17 PM

WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- A plurality of voters view the largest U.S. teachers union favorably and a majority look favorably on the National Rifle Association, Rasmussen Reports said.

The Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey released Wednesday indicated 42 percent of likely voters hold at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, while 37 percent said they viewed the union at least somewhat unfavorably.

Fifty-four percent said they view the National Rifle Association favorably, while 41 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of the gun rights group, results indicated.

The National Right-to-Life Committee is viewed favorably by 44 percent of voters and unfavorably by 38 percent, the Rasmussen Reports survey said.

Thirty-three percent of voters said they had no opinion about the Sierra Club, one of the nation's most prominent environmental organizations, the survey indicated. Thirty-five percent said they viewed the Sierra Club favorably and 32 percent had an unfavorable view of the organization.

Results are based on a nationwide survey of 1,000 likely voters June 30-July 1. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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