Poll Majority Upstate Opposes Safe Act Cuomo Popular But

03.25.14 | Bob Price

A year after the SAFE Act gun-control law was enacted, voters support it by a 2-to-1 margin statewide, but a slight majority of upstaters still oppose the measure, according to a poll that also shows some slippage in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's popularity.

Cuomo's rating is down slightlly in thee latest Siena Poll, but he still leads Rob Astorino, the only declared Republican candidate for governor, by 35 points.

The survey released Monday by Siena College shows Cuomo leading the Westchester County executive 61-26 percent, down from 64-22 percent last month.

On gun control, opposition to the SAFE Act seems to be concentrated among Republicans (54 percent oppose- 39 in favor), Conservatives (51 percent oppose- 41 percent in favor ) and upstaters (52 percent oppose-45 percent in favor) , according to Pollster Steve Greenberg.

"While overall, New Yorkers support the SAFE Act by a two-to-one margin, there are some stark differences based on partisanship and geography. Three-quarters of Democrats and a majority of independents support the law, while a majority of Republicans oppose it. The law is supported by more than three-quarters of New York City voters and almost two-thirds of downstate suburban voters, while a slim majority of upstaters oppose it,” Greenberg said in a prepared statement .

“While a majority of men and white voters support the gun law, even stronger majorities of women, black and Latino voters support it.”

Voters say Cuomo has been an effective governor by a 64-28 percent margin.Voters support Cuomo's proposal for state-funded college for prison inmates by a 53-43 percent margin.

A plurality of voters, 47-43 percent, said a Republican can beat Cuomo in this election.

The telephone poll of 813 registered voters conducted March 16-20 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.