Poll: GOP NYers Ditch Cuomo After Gun Law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/Hamodia) -

A poll shows more New York Republican voters for the first time disapproving of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s performance following the Democrat’s push for a gun-control bill.

The Quinnipiac University poll finds 49 percent of Republicans disapprove of Cuomo while 38 percent approve of his job performance. That compares to 44 percent who approved and 43 who disapproved in a late January poll, a statistical dead heat.

Ed Cox, chairman of New York State Republican party, said that Cuomo consistently “favored his own ambitions” over using his popularity to get things done.

“Unless the governor puts aside his political ambitions to focus on growing New York’s economy and creating jobs,” Cox said in a statement, “his declining poll numbers will only mirror his management of the continued decline of New York State.”

In December, 74 percent of all voters approved of Cuomo’s performance. In the latest poll he’s at 55 percent overall.

Cuomo has a 49-percent approval among independent voters. Sixty-nine percent of Democrats approve of his performance two years into the job.