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Cuomo's approval takes hit after gun bill

Rochester Business Journal
January 30, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval ratings took a hit this month, particularly among Republicans, in the wake of recently enacted gun-control legislation, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows.

Cuomo is looked upon favorably by 59 percent of poll respondents, with 28 percent unfavorable, the survey shows. Cuomo’s approval rating of 74-13 last month was his all-time high.

Some 50 percent of voters in households with at least one gun disapprove of Cuomo, while 40 percent of gun owners approve of his job performance.

Approval among Republicans is virtually split, with 44 percent approving and 43 percent disapproving. The GOP’s approval was 68-18 on Dec. 12, two days before the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Democratic support is 74-14, down from 82-9 last month. Independent support is 54-32 compared to 70-12 a month ago.

Approval from men is 54-33, down from 74-14. Approval from women is 64-23, down from 73-12.

“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,” poll director Maurice Carroll said in a statement.

“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.”

Some 34 percent of the respondents—including 59 percent of Republicans polled—think the gun-control package goes too far in restricting the rights of gun owners.

Some 30 percent—including 17 percent of the Republicans—think the measures do not go far enough.

Another 30 percent—including 20 percent of the GOP—think the new laws are about right.

“Is Gov. Cuomo’s honeymoon with Republicans over, or is this just a spat that can be patched up in the months ahead?” Carroll asked in the statement. “Cuomo lost some Republican support after the 2011 same-sex marriage bill, but he got it back.”

Some 76 percent of those surveyed support a new requirement that mental health professionals report patients they believe are a threat to themselves or others so police can confiscate any weapons patients own. Some 19 percent are opposed.

Support for the mental health legislation is higher among Democrats, at 83-12, than Republicans, at 71-24. The margin among independents is 71-23.

Some 46 percent of those surveyed have an unfavorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, with 22 percent in favor.

Quinnipiac polled 1,127 New York State voters on Jan. 23 to 28. The margin of error is 2.9 percentage points, representatives said.

(c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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