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Poll shows state Republicans disapprove of Cuomo

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A new poll finds Governor Cuomo is paying a political price with Republicans in New York for enacting the nation's strictest gun control laws.The Quinnipiac University poll finds that, for the first time, more Republicans in New York disapprove of Governor Cuomo than view him favorably, at 49% to 38%.

Pollster Mickey Carroll says the governor’s numbers started dropping right after Cuomo convinced the legislature to pass tough new gun control laws in mid-January.

“The gun control vote turned things around for Cuomo,” Carroll said. “And they are still turned around.”

Cuomo’s approval rating is still higher than most politicians, at 55%, but it’s down nearly 20 points from last December, when Cuomo reached his highest approval rating ever, at 74% .

By a two-to-one margin, 64% to 31%, New Yorkers approve of the new gun laws. Most of the support comes from the New York City region, with more upstate voters against the gun control provisions.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.