Most New Yorkers Back New Gun Laws: Poll

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Voters overwhelmingly support many of the items that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing — including parts of the newly enacted gun control law, according to a new poll. 

About 73 percent of voters said 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. 

 “It has support downstate and upstate,” Seina pollster Steve Greenberg said. “Even 58 percent of Republican voters support the toughest assault weapons ban in the action.”

Ninety-one percent of those polled support the new provisions to stiffen penalties on illegal gun use, the poll found (PDF).

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 it isn't.

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.