He’s still well above 50% in deep blue New York, but this surely is an ominous sign for the anti-Second Amendment types out there.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s approval rating slid under 60 percent in the wake of changes to the state’s gun laws, a new poll released Wednesday shows, but Empire State voters still approve of the Democrat’s job performance by a more-than-2-to-1 margin.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Cuomo’s approval rating down to 59 percent, a marked decrease from the 74-percent approval Cuomo recorded last month. Twenty-eight percent of voters now disapprove of Cuomo’s job performance, up from only 13 percent in December.
In an interview with WGDJ-AM in Albany on Tuesday, Cuomo reportedly told the New York Post‘s Fred Dicker that he expected his poll numbers to drop after passing the gun measures. “We know what the polls say on this because we’ve done it,” he said.
Cuomo’s approval rating fell most sharply among Republicans, from 68 percent in December, to 44 percent now. Among Democrats, it slipped from 82 percent to 74 percent. And among independents, it dropped from 70 percent to 54 percent. The decrease in Cuomo’s approval rating among men was 20 percentage points, more than double the 9-point decrease among women.
The slide was also more pronounced among Upstate voters, from 68 percent in December, to just 51 percent now. In New York City, his approval rating fell from 80 percent to 66 percent, and in suburban areas outside the city, it is down from 74 percent to 64 percent.
Meanwhile, a gun owner group is suing over the hastily passed and poorly thought out guns laws rushed through in the dark of night.