Poll: New Yorkers like Cuomo and his gun plan
January 17th, 2013
09:08 AM ET
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Poll: New Yorkers like Cuomo and his gun plan

(CNN) – The stringent gun laws pushed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed by the state legislature this week are viewed favorably by large majorities of voters in the state, a Siena College poll released Thursday indicated.

Those measures include a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, which 73% of New York voters support. Ninety-one percent approve of increasing penalties for purchasing illegal guns and using guns on school grounds.

The poll was conducted both before and after Cuomo first made his gun proposals public. Also included in the package was a measure strengthening rules governing the mentally ill, including a requirement to report potentially harmful behavior. The new laws were signed into law on Tuesday.

Overall, Cuomo enjoys a strong approval rating among voters in New York – 60% approve of his job performance, compared to 38% who disapprove. An even higher number of voters – 71% - view Cuomo favorably.

That's good news for the first term governor, who is considered a potential candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. His approval and favorability numbers are largely unchanged since the last time Siena College polled New Yorkers.

"A new year and the same old, same old when it comes to how voters feel about the Governor," Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said. "He continues to be viewed favorably by more than 70 percent of voters, including 58 percent of Republicans, and he continues to have a 60 percent excellent/good job performance rating."

"With nearly two years until the next time Cuomo will face the voters, 60 percent of voters are prepared to re-elect him, compared to 32 percent who would prefer 'someone else,'" he continued.

The Siena poll was conducted by telephone between January 10-15 from 676 registered New York voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Filed under: Andrew Cuomo • Gun rights • New York
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Jay

    If these human-killing instruments are going to available to almost anyone, shouldn't there be common sense regulation? Common sense should be defined by the the majority, not a louder minority. I applaud you Mr. Cuomo.

    January 17, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Jack

    The leadership of the NRA and extremist right wing talk radio are anti-government. This is treason. Anyone who thinks about killing US soldiers and policemen protecting a duly elected government are traitors not patriots. True patriots have voted in the last election and, whether or not they like the outcome, support the US government. If you don't like the gov't in a democracy you get to vote them out. Democracies don't have coup d'├ętats or violent takeovers of the gov't. Our revolution is in our elections.

    January 17, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. MaryM

    Yes we do. Congrats New York and Gov Guomo

    January 17, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Ancient Texan

    His long range goal is said to be a presidental candidate......There a lot of states that will not share New Yorker's views on guns or on Cuomo.

    January 17, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    I really love this guy. I have greater respect for him. NY–you are great.
    PS: NYC needs to slow down trains, signs need to put all over subways to stay off of yellow line.

    January 17, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. enuff

    A legislature using their brains instead of just sitting on them What a relief to know it's still possible in this day and age.

    January 17, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Boo

    As a NYer – I totally approve!!!

    January 17, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Take a good, long look at your next president. He has 58% approval ratings among REPUBLICANS because he has made hard choices across the board. He understands the concept of leadership, and of shared sacrifice. He gets these ratings even in counties where the GOP dominates because he listens and makes the tough calls even when its something his own party and their supporters don't like.

    January 17, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Bryan

    They did not poll me or anyone that I know and we all disapprove of Cuomo and the new gun regulations. A 10 round magazine is not high capacity. Banning 10 round magazines was designed to make all semi automatic weapons illegal in NYS. I cannot imagine a criminal who already own illegal guns obeying this. The only people paying the price for this are legal gun owners who now have to decide to comply with the law or become criminals by retaining the equipment they have. Where was the majority of the poeple polled from, NYC where they already are not allowed guns? I have owned my guns for over 30 years without incident. These same guns are now illegal in NYS. What a joke.

    January 17, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Bryan

    How can this poll signify how New Yorkers really feel about the new gun regulations when the poll was taken prior to them being passed?

    January 17, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. McShannon

    I used to live in NYS and though I think infrastructure and highway routing improvement is years behind in planning and execution in NYS this recognition of need for gun restriction by New Yorkers is heartening.

    January 17, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. beconsiderate

    New Yorkers love Cuomo. They loved his father and they love Andrew.

    January 17, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Woman In California

    I like it out here in California also. I hope our state takes this issue just as seriously as NY has.

    January 17, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Philip

    I disagree with poll, not realistic, and certainly do not represent the whole of the people of the state

    January 17, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. BYRD

    I'm an New Yorker and I say good for Cuomo

    January 17, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Joey

    As a New Yorker I support the new gun laws but I'm very disappointed with Cuomo over his stance on cannabis legalization. He has opposed legalization even for medical use despite the fact that a majority of New Yorkers support it (51/44). He says that he is worried about the "dangers of pot use," but we think that it's because he's afraid to come out as pro-legalization when he runs for president in 2016.

    January 17, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |