Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating continues to slide, but more than twice as many New York voters still approve of the job he’s doing than disapprove, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
Quinnipiac University found Cuomo with a 55 percent approval rating, compared to 27 percent who said they do not approve of the job Cuomo’s done. That’s down from 59 percent who approved on Jan. 30, which dropped sharply from 74 percent in December after he ushered through new, stricter gun-control laws early this year.
Cuomo’s rating was hurt, in part, by a drop in Republican support, Quinnipiac found. Just 39 percent of GOP voters said they approve of Cuomo’s work, down from 44 percent in January and an all-time high of 69 percent in July. Cuomo is a Democrat.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo built his envy-of-the-nation string of approval ratings on huge support from the other party—unheard of in today’s era of take-no-prisoners partisan politics,” Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement. “His first-in-the-nation move for gun control hurt Gov. Cuomo with Republicans and independent voters.”
But while Cuomo’s approval rating slipped, voters still approve of the state’s new gun-control measures at a high rate. Sixty-four percent of voters support the laws—which instituted a broader assault-weapons ban and further limits on magazine size—compared to 31 percent who oppose them.
Cuomo’s rating has varied from poll to poll. Siena College—which asks voters whether they have “a favorable or unfavorable opinion” of Cuomo—pegged his favorability rating at 64 percent earlier this month. Marist College, which gives respondents four options to rate Cuomo’s work ranging from “poor” to “excellent,” put his job approval rating at 56 percent this month.
The Quinnipiac poll of 1,165 New York voters took place between March 11 and 17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, according to the university.
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