President Obama’s favorability rating in New York, which adopted the toughest gun restrictions of any state in the country in the country in January, dropped by 10 points from February, according to a Siena College Research Institute poll released Monday.
“While still viewed favorably by a majority, President Obama’s favorability rating dropped significantly this month to 56-41 percent, down from 66-32 percent last month,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said. “Voters say the country is headed in the wrong direction by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, with only 32 percent saying the country is on the right track and 60 percent saying it’s headed in the wrong direction, down from a near even 46-49 percent in January.”
More than six in 10 voters support the new gun law, which, among other things, tightens the state’s ban on so-called assault weapons and limits magazines to a maximum of seven rounds of ammunition. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who aggressively pushed the package, has a 64 percent favorability rating, though it’s at its lowest level of his governorship.
The poll, conducted March 3-7, of 803 New York State registered voters, has a margin of error of 3.5 percent points.