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Cuomo’s Approval Rating Plunges After Sweeping Gun Control Law

Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 11:13 AM

By Dan Weil

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New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating plummeted 15 percentage points in a Quinnipiac University poll of state voters conducted Jan. 23-28, less than two weeks after he signed a strict gun control law.

The survey showed him with an approval rating of 59 percent and a disapproval rating of 28 percent, compared to 74 percent approval and 13 percent disapproval in December, which was a record rating for him.

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"With approval ratings that consistently topped 70 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had the political capital to spend when he set out to pass the toughest gun control laws in the nation," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, said in a statement accompanying the results.

"It is possible that the gun law cost him some of that political capital, but a two-to-one job approval rating still makes him the envy of most governors."

Even among Democrats, Cuomo’s rating dropped. He has 74 percent approval and 14 percent disapproval in his own party, deteriorating from 82 percent approval and 9 percent disapproval in December.

Among independents approval slid to 54 percent from 70 percent, and disapproval soared to 32 percent from 12 percent.

Among Republicans, approval fell to 44 percent from 68 percent, and disapproval jumped to 43 percent from 18 percent.

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