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N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s high approval rating shot down over new gun law

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Andrew Cuomo wavingNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating shot downward this month, as voters, particularly Republicans, expressed their displeasure over the state’s new gun law, according to a Quinnipiac poll.

The results of Quinnipiac University’s poll, conducted Jan. 23-28 and released Wednesday, showed Cuomo’s overall job approval rating tumbled from an “all-time high” in December of 74 percent to 59 percent this week.

The governor’s approval rating among Republicans was 68 percent two days before the Newtown shooting, but broke just about even a month later, with 44 percent approving and 43 percent disapproving. During the same timeframe, Democratic support went from 82 percent to 74 percent, while approval among independents waned from 70 percent to 54 percent. Cuomo’s approval among women now stands at 64 percent, down from 73 percent, while 54 percent of men admit their support, a 20-point tumble from December’s 74 percent showing.

Quinnipiac’s polling showed New York’s new gun law triggered much of Cuomo’s ratings drop:

The gun-control package signed by Gov. Cuomo this month goes ‘too far’ in restricting gun owners’ rights, 34 percent of all voters, including 59 percent of Republicans, say.  The gun-control measure does not go far enough in protecting public safety, 30 percent of all voters, including 17 percent of Republicans, say.  The measure is ‘about right,’ 30 percent of all voters, including 20 percent of Republicans, say.

The poll found support across the board for the law’s provision requiring that “mental health professionals report patients whom they believe are a threat to themselves or others so police can confiscate any weapons the patient owns.” By a 4-1 margin, New York voters approved of that part of the measure 76 percent to 19 percent. The widest support came among Democrats, at 83 percent, while 71 percent each of Republicans and independents approved.

Quinnipiac University said it polled 1,127 New York voters in the survey, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent.


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