New York's new gun law that was passed in January and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has plenty of backing, but some voters believe the law was rushed.
According to the Siena Research Institute poll released Monday, 61 percent of New York voters support the NY SAFE Act — the new law that includes a tougher assault weapons ban, a limit on high-capacity magazines, among other provisions. The SAFE Act is backed by 76 percent of Democratic voters surveyed and 83 percent of liberals, while only 37 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of conservatives say they endorse the new law.
While most voters may support the NY SAFE Act, it's clear that even some of those who support the bill believe it was rushed through the state Legislature and signed into law. When asked whether the law was rushed or was the right thing to do, 48 percent of voters said they believe the SAFE Act was rushed. Almost the same number — 49 percent — said the law was necessary.
"Voters are now virtually evenly divided on whether or not the law was 'rushed through' or was the 'right thing to do,'" Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said in a news release. "Forty-nine percent say it was passed quickly but was the right thing to do, down from 56 percent who felt that way last month, while 48 percent said it was rushed through without adequate consideration, up from last month's 42 percent. With more time to consider what happened, some voters have become displeased with the process that led to the gun law's passage."
Despite the mixed reviews on whether or not the bill was rushed, a majority of voters say they do not support repealing the NY SAFE Act.
The poll found 56 percent of voters oppose repealing the new law, while 40 percent support repeal. Supporters of repeal include 58 percent of Republican voters and 60 percent of conservatives, but repeal is opposed by two-thirds of Democrats and nearly three-quarters of liberal voters.
When it comes to whether the law should be repealed, there is also a geographic split. Only 29 percent of New York City voters and 31 percent of suburban voters want repeal, but 59 percent of upstate voters say the SAFE Act should be repealed.