Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating dropped 15 percentage points because of voters’ concerns about the new gun-control law, a poll today found.
Cuomo’s approval rating—which has been virtually unblemished since he took office in 2011—fell from 74 percent to 59 percent, a Quinnipiac University poll released today said.
The difference in Cuomo’s popularity between homes with gun owners and those without was stark. Voters in non-gun homes approved of the Democratic governor 68 percent to 19 percent. Voters in households with a gun disapproved of him 50 percent to 40 percent, the poll said.
Cuomo’s approval among Republicans took the largest hit. Republicans’ approval of Cuomo fell from 68 percent last month to 44 percent, the poll said.
“Is Gov. Cuomo’s honeymoon with Republicans over, or is this just a spat that can be patched up in the months ahead?’ Maurice Carroll, Quinnipiac’s pollster said in a statement. “Cuomo lost some Republican support after the 2011 same-sex marriage bill, but he got it back.”
Cuomo indicated yesterday that he expected his poll numbers to drop after the controversy law was passed earlier this month. He said the new law will save lives.
From Jan. 23-28, Quinnipiac surveyed 1,127 New York voters. The poll had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.