Governor Andrew Cuomo’s rush to pass tougher gun legislation in the state may have won him points with some voters, but support for him, especially from the GOP, has dropped, according to a recently released Quinnipiac University poll.
Last month Cuomo’s approval rating decreased from an all-time high of 74-13 percent last month to 59-28 percent.
Among Republicans, it went from 68-12 percent in December to 44-43 percent in Quinnipiac’s January survey.
Though Cuomo’s Democratic support didn’t take as big of a hit, it was still down from last month, dropping to 74 – 14 percent from 82 – 9 percent.
When specifically asked about the gun control legislation, 34 percent of all voters and 59 percent of Republicans thought that it went “too far” in restricting firearm owners’ rights.
Despite these drops, Cuomo is still popular among the majority of voters, and likely hasn’t lost a lot of his political power in Albany.
“With approval ratings that consistently topped 70 percent, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had the political capital to spend when he set out to pass the toughest gun control laws in the nation,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “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.”