Albany, N.Y. (AP) – A new poll shows the geographic divide over New York state's new gun control law, with strong support in downstate urban and suburban areas and heavier opposition across the more rural upstate region.
The Siena College poll of 1,154 registered voters Jan. 27-31 shows 65 percent support statewide for the more restrictive gun law, including 82 percent in New York City and 61 percent in its suburbs, including Long Island. Half of the upstate respondents supported the new law, with 55 percent opposition in the 14 counties of the Southern Tier.
The poll showed Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favorability rating dropping from 71 percent to 67 percent statewide since he pushed through the law, with many voters and most Republicans saying it was rushed without adequately considering public opinion.