Cuomo plummets in polls after NY SAFE Act gun control law

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's popularity has plummeted among Republicans, Democrats and independents after he pushed tougher gun control measures into law after the Connecticut school massacre.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows the Democrat dropped from his all-time high approval rating of 74 percent in December to 59 percent now.

Quinnipiac's Maurice Carroll, however, says the results go beyond the gun law and shows concern about Cuomo's liberal turn this year.

Cuomo blames the drop on the public's misunderstanding of the gun measures, which he rushed into law without public hearings or the required public review period. He says they won't infringe on gun owners' rights and will save lives.

Quinnipiac questioned 1,127 voters from last Wednesday to Sunday. The poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.