Poll: Major Support For Use of Deadly Force to Protect


According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association. The online survey indicated that 68 percent of respondents supported the NRA, which starts its annual convention in St. Louis, Mo., today.

Attendees of the NRA convention are expected to step into the national debate surrounding the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood crime watch volunteer.

Eighty-two percent of Republicans saw the gun lobbying group in a positive light, as well as 55 percent of Democrats. And with high numbers among both Republicans and Democrats, 87 percent of the respondents supported the use of deadly force to protect themselves from danger in their home or in a public place.