Albany, NY, Jan 18, 2013 — A survey from Siena College pollsters finds voters overwhelming support many of the items that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing, including parts of the newly enacted gun control law.
Steve Greenberg, with Siena College, says the poll asked voters whether they wanted New York to have the strongest anti-gun laws in the nation, including banning assault weapons and outlawing magazine clips that hold more than seven bullets. Greenberg says the measures have broad support, at 73 percent to 26 percent.
"It has support downstate and upstate," Greenberg said. "Even 58 percent of Republican voters support the toughest assault weapons ban in the action"
Of those polled, 91 percent support the new provisions to stiffen penalties on illegal gun use, the poll found.
Siena also asked New Yorkers about a plan proposed by the NRA to put armed guards in schools. Voters were split, with 46 percent saying it's a good idea and 52 percent saying no.
New Yorkers also gave a thumbs up to other items on the governor's agenda, including the raising the minimum wage, at 83 percent to 15 percent, and public financing of political campaigns at 59 percent to 36 percent.