New Yorkers Favor SAFE Act 2-1, Poll Says


It might not be popular with many in the north country, but New York's SAFE Act gun control law is favored in the state by a 2 to 1 margin.

A Siena College poll released Monday says 63 percent of New Yorkers favor the law, while 32 percent oppose it.

According to pollster Steven Greenberg, there's an upstate-downstate divide over the law.

"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.

Upstate voters opposed the law 52 to 45 percent.

"If you look at the upstate numbers, it is not overwhelming opposition to the SAFE Act. Yes, there's a majority opposition, but 52 to 45 is not exactly a rout," said Greenberg in a telephone interview.

Patrick Morse, head of the group North Country Friends of the 2nd Amendment, travels the state making the case against the SAFE Act.

"We still have a third of the people that believe in the Constitution. We are going to do everything we can at the polling places and we're going to continue to fight all of these erroneous laws in the courts," said Morse.

His group will be making a presentation on the SAFE Act on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Watertown.

In the meantime, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's rating among New York voters has slipped a bit, but he still leads Rob Astorino, the only declared Republican candidate for governor, by 35 points.

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

There's good news for Astorino. A plurality of voters, 47-43 percent, said a Republican can beat Cuomo in this election.

"The bad news is that he remains unknown to two-thirds of voters and among those who know him slightly more view him unfavorably than favorably,” Greenberg said.

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.

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

See a new release on the poll.

See the poll's raw data.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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