The Washington Times - January 17, 2013, 05:54PM

So much for vilifying the National Rifle Association in popular culture. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday finds that the organization is more popular than the entertainment industry.

“Forty-one percent of adults see the NRA — the nation’s top gun lobby — in a positive light, while 34 percent view it in a negative light,” the poll reports.

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“By comparison, just 24 percent have positive feelings about the entertainment industry, and 39 percent have negative ones.”

The NRA’s score is virtually unchanged from its 41 percent-to-29 percent rating in the January 2011 NBC/WSJ poll, nearly two years before the Newtown shootings.

“That seems to me to be a pretty remarkably stable figure,” says GOP pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart.

The NRA also got some positive reflections elsewhere. A new CNN/Time/ORC survey conducted in mid-January found that nearly half of Americans —48 percent — “agree with the positions” of the group. Seventy two percent of Republicans and 28 percent of Democrats agreed.