Cuomo’s Popularity Takes A Hit After Sharp Left Turn

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When Governor Andrew Cuomo was first elected here in New York political insiders believed he would govern from the center, or even center-right, because of his long term political ambitions. I don’t think many of them expected him to veer as hard left as he has in the past month or so. If he does decide to throw his hat into the ring in 2016, his leftward lurch might help him in a primary, but it won’t do him any good in the general election.

While his approval rating in New York is still in the high 50′s, it’s plummeted 15 points since his great gun grab.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s approval rating slid under 60 percent in the wake of changes to the state’s gun laws, a new poll released Wednesday shows, but Empire State voters still approve of the Democrat’s job performance by a more-than-2-to-1 margin.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Cuomo’s approval rating down to 59 percent, a marked decrease from the 74-percent approval Cuomo recorded last month. Twenty-eight percent of voters now disapprove of Cuomo’s job performance, up from only 13 percent in December.

In an interview with WGDJ-AM in Albany on Tuesday, Cuomo reportedly told the New York Post‘s Fred Dicker that he expected his poll numbers to drop after passing the gun measures. “We know what the polls say on this because we’ve done it,” he said. (Read More)

His massive gun grab and what he’s trying to push through with abortion might be too much for even the liberal media to cover for. Of note in the above poll is that his popularity with upstate residents has seen the sharpest decline. Upstate New York is a lot more similar to the rest of the country than the New York City area. I’m almost hoping he does run in 2016. Unlike Obama who was a blank slate of hope and change in 2008, Cuomo will have a record he’ll have to defend, including his role in the 2008 financial meltdown.

H/T Weekly Standard