Poll: Cuomo's Approval Drops 15 Points After Signing Gun-Control Law

January 31, 2013 - 2:18 PM

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo experienced a sharp drop in approval after pushing through tough new gun laws, according to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University.

Cuomo, who last month had an all-time high job approval of 74 percent, saw that number drop to 59 percent.

The Quinnipiac poll also shows:

  • Voters in non-gun homes approve of the governor 68%-19%.
  • Voters in households with a gun disapprove 50%-40%.

Thirty-four percent of all voters say the gun-control package signed by Gov. Cuomo this month goes "too far" in restricting gun owners' rights while 30 percent say it does not go far enough in protecting public safety.

Thirty percent said the measure is "about right."

Given a choice between stricter gun laws and armed guards at schools, 48% said laws would do more to curb gun violence in schools, while 40 percent said armed guards would be more effective.

"With approval ratings that consistently topped 70 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had the political capital to spend when he set out to pass the toughest gun control laws in the nation," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said.

"It is possible that the gun law cost him some of that political capital, but a 2-1 job approval rating still makes him the envy of most governors," he said.

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