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Poll shows NY'ers support SAFE Act by two-to-one



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A rally against the controversial SAFE Act outside the Capitol last Spring. A recent Siena College poll found 63 percent of New Yorkers support the more stringent gun laws passed last year. However, a majority of upstate New Yorkers remain opposed to the law, claiming it infringes on their rights. Photo by AP.
March 31, 2014
Despite strong opposition from gun rights advocates and conservative Republicans, including GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, an overwhelming number of New York voters seem to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's controversial SAFE Act, according to a new poll.

Fourteen months after its passage, 63 percent of registered New York state voters say they support the SAFE Act, compared to just 32 percent who oppose it, according to a Siena College poll released March 24.

The SAFE Act was passed last year in the wake of the shocking Newtown, Connecticut shooting that left two dozen children dead. Among other measures, the bill bans high capacity magazines that hold more than seven rounds of ammunition, strengthens background checks for gun sales and outlaws most types of assault weapons.

The legislation is supported by a majority of Democrats and Independents — 77 and 56 percent respectively — but is opposed by 54 percent of Republicans. The bill is opposed by a slim majority of upstate voters, where 52 percent oppose it, 45 percent support it and 3 percent don't know enough about it to answer the poll question.

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The new laws have overwhelming support in New York City, 79 percent, and in the surrounding suburbs, where 63 percent are in favor of the more stringent gun laws.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, one of the state's leading anti-gun groups, lauded the poll results, deeming the bill a common sense law that will help reduce gun violence in the state.

"Over one year after passage of the SAFE Act, New Yorkers from across the state overwhelmingly support this common sense law," said Leah Gunn Barrett, the group's executive director. "NYAGV is committed to ensuring the appropriate enforcement of and education about the SAFE Act which we believe will protect all New Yorkers from gun violence."

Conservative Republicans have previously challenged the law in court and stormed the Capitol for rallies disparaging the law as unconstitutional, claiming it infringes on state residents' Second Amendment right.

Despite the poll results, Astorino, the Westchester county executive and gubernatorial hopeful, has said if elected governor, one of his first actions would be to repeal the law.

"The Safe Act did nothing to make New Yorkers safer. It was ill-conceived, rushed-through legislation that criminalized law enforcement officers and demonized law abiding gun owners," he said. "The Safer Communities program we developed in Westchester, which focuses on mental health, early intervention, and best school security practices, is a far better model for the state."

The sole big party challenger to Cuomo said the recent poll doesn't change his platform.

"If I based my positions on popularity polls, I never would have been elected Westchester County Executive twice. People want leaders in office, not poll-driven politicians," Astorino said.

Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, said the small sample size of the poll is not reflective of the entire state's feelings on the polarizing gun laws.

"I don't believe that this is accurate. I think that the numbers are skewed, I don't know where these people came from and I think that it's a real travesty because this is an attempt to skew things in favor of the SAFE Act when the majority of people in upstate New York are against the SAFE Act," he said.

King says Siena's polls always tend to favor the governor and like-minded political agendas.

"We just can't believe the statistics that Siena came out with, and the way to tell is going to be with the election coming up let's see how well the governor does," King said.

The poll surveyed 813 registered New York state voters and has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

Second Amendment rights groups have scheduled a rally against the SAFE Act for today on the Capitol lawn.

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    Ny Safe Act
    March 31, 2014 | 06:00 PM

    Questionable Siena Poll numbers regarding Safe Act
    Please see an accurate documented list of the overwhelming disapproval of NY Safe Act.
    on Facebook "NY Safe Act Resolutions" or better yet
    nysaferesolutions.com

    Larry Anderson
  2. print email
    Gun laws in ny
    March 31, 2014 | 07:15 PM

    Who did this bogus study
    No now came outside ny city to do this study !!!

    Tom
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    March 31, 2014 | 08:39 PM

    Your statement 63% of registered voters support the Safe Act is erroneous. 63% of 8013 registered downstate voters )NYC and environs) support the safe Act.

    I challenge Sienna to repeat the survey of a similar number ov voters... From both parties, who live upstate. 53 of 63 counties have passed resolutions opposing the Safe Act. Several more have refused to allow the state to use their letterhead on anything Safe Act related.

    Just a few facts to muddy the reporting....

    There are several components of the Safe Act that are good. Most will do nothing to increase NY'er safety. A year later, what has been the impact. The murder rate is the same. A few criminals that would have been charged for illegal possession of a gun as a misdemeanor are charged, now, as a felony.

    But what has it done to protect you? Me? My family and neighbors? Nothing.

    Bill Webb
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    Siena poll NY Safe Act
    March 31, 2014 | 08:44 PM

    I find it interesting that I have been a registered voter for over 30 years and have never been polled. Maybe its because of where I live. No one, and I mean no one I know supports the NY Safe Act. 52 Counties have passed resolutions opposing the safe act. How can 63 percent support it when so many counties want it repealed. Repeal The NY Safe Farce!!!

    Timothy Storrs
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    poll safe act
    April 01, 2014 | 05:34 AM

    this poll is rubbish at best.The safe act is strictly political and the first step of new York becoming a police state.

    ron collins
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    Liberal BS
    April 01, 2014 | 08:14 AM

    This is typical Liberal BS. How can 2/3 support this BS Law when 52 of the 62 counties oppose it. This poll is from NY City where its all rainbows and kittens. The only poll we need is when it is time to vote and all the fools who voted against the BILL OF RIGHTS are voted out of office.

    Seriously
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    Polls... Polls... Polls...
    April 01, 2014 | 08:17 AM

    How can 2/3 support this BS Law when 52 of the 62 counties oppose it. This poll is from NY City where its all rainbows and kittens. The only poll we need is when it is time to vote and all the fools who voted against the BILL OF RIGHTS and the US Constitution are voted out of office.

    There you have it
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    Show me the data
    April 01, 2014 | 08:42 AM

    Who was included in this poll? Was the poll taken downstate? Was there any genuine attempt to randomize those polled or was this poll conducted with a mission to "prove" a point?

    How can anyone think that this act will have any real effect on the criminal?

    Bob
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    Safe Act
    April 01, 2014 | 10:12 AM

    I am a registered NYS voter and was never contacted for my opinion regarding the Safe Act!! I think this poll is bogus!! Just as I feel the way it was passed into law was bogus! I believe that our "Rights" are being stripped away from us and we must defend them by letting our voices be heard. Thank you to all that are in Albany today defending the 2nd amendment!

    Carolyn Higgins
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    Safe Act
    April 01, 2014 | 10:39 AM

    There was a poll taken that only included Queens NY,(Cuomo's Area)that have no clue about upstate policies and also should not be included in the NG issue as the reservoir's are protected for NYC. and drilling will not affect their area at all! NYC needs to pay attention to their own problems, such as De Blazio!

    Mario C.
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    Safe act
    April 01, 2014 | 05:03 PM

    A Total lie, every county but two in NY has taken steps to distance them selves form this law. Even the governor has tried to distance him self from his own law, Stating it was members close to the Bloomberg administration that penned the law and that he just signed it. Sound familiar ?

    Joseph DAmico
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    Polls rather than the US Constitution..
    April 01, 2014 | 09:33 PM

    Phony polls used to trump the right to bear arms is typical leftist propaganda..

    ruffhouse
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    ha
    April 01, 2014 | 10:29 PM

    Even if this poll were accurate, and I honestly doubt its even close, if 66% of Americans believed that the right to freedom of speech was dangerous, would we repeal the First Amendment? I think not.

    Rob
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    Sienna Poll...
    April 02, 2014 | 11:58 AM

    Dear Legislative Gazette,

    At the bottom of this "poll" it says this:

    "This Siena College Poll was conducted March 16-20, 2014 by telephone calls to 813 New York State registered voters."

    I bet I could call 813 voters and show that 99% of them SUPPORT the safe act. My poll would be exactly as accurate as this one.

    This Sienna Poll is a JOKE.

    Get real.

    Sincerely,

    Sean McElroy

    Sean McElroy
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    Sienna Poll...
    April 02, 2014 | 12:01 PM

    Dear Legislative Gazette,

    At the bottom of this "poll" it says this:

    "This Siena College Poll was conducted March 16-20, 2014 by telephone calls to 813 New York State registered voters."

    I bet I could call 813 voters and show that 99% of them OPPOSE the safe act. My poll would be exactly as accurate as this one.

    This Sienna Poll is a JOKE.

    Get real.

    Sincerely,

    Sean McElroy

    Sean McElroy
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    Polls shouldn't be ignored
    April 02, 2014 | 06:50 PM

    "If I based my positions on popularity polls, I never would have been elected Westchester County Executive twice. People want leaders in office, not poll-driven politicians," Astorino said.

    Mr. Astorino, if you aren't interested in the opinion of your constituents, then who, exactly, are you representing? No professional poll ever taken has had a majority of citizens against stronger gun regulation. Stop representing extremists and the gun lobby and start representing your people.

    Baldr Odinson
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    Sienna poll
    April 03, 2014 | 02:19 AM

    Call 813 voters in the 315 area code & see what the results will be. Then make that your headline for all to read.

    Cliff M
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    Lies dont produce facts
    April 12, 2014 | 09:49 PM

    It's interesting that this poll shows 2/3 of New Yorkers agree with the SAFE act and is plastered among safe act news about how people opposed to the SAFE act are "gun-nuts" and by Cuomo's own admission not welcome in "his" New York. I mean if I was uneducated about our rights or even simply on the fence about the issue this could be just the thing that would push me in the direction of supporting something that is being called "a victory for common sense" among other things, it sounds so wonderful to the uninformed. Sadly though articles like this with wildly skewed polling demographics influence unwitting people everyday and I think that it's unconscionable. If you disagree with people owning guns say so it's ok, but don't lie about it with a smoke screen of bogus polls and "public safety" concerns. I've used the words uneducated, uninformed and unwitting because the lack of knowledge and independent thinking on the issue is astounding. Let's take one of my ruger 10/22s as an example. As it comes from the factory it is semi automatic, has a 10 round magazine, and non adjustable stock. Now it I take that rifle and add a different stock that is adjustable it is now an illegal assault rifle and I could go to jail or owning it. This gun is no more lethal or easier to control then it was before however someone in Albany has decided that me having an adjustable stock that fits me better is dangerous. This is the kind of logic we deal with dressed up as concern for public well being. So as I said before just come out and say you don't want people owning guns. Ahh but alas you can't because you know that's UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    Jason
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    April 13, 2014 | 08:04 PM

    This poll used the same 20% of the electorate that put NYC's mayor into office this past November.

    Michael
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    Poll
    April 24, 2014 | 09:38 AM

    As an upstater I support the law. I love it when the "denilists"(whether it be the SAFE ACT or Affordable Care Act) spout off about polls being rigged. This is the same crowd who swallowed the nonsense from FOX News that Romney was a sure winner. The Truth Will Set You Free!

    george
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    safe act
    April 29, 2014 | 09:49 AM

    Go ahead and complain about a logical, well conceived law that will someday save your child's life and don't bother obeying the seat belt law either. These things have a way of working themselves out.

    Nicholas
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    May 10, 2014 | 04:10 PM

    It is obvious this poll was written by a spineless liberal nut that hides behind kids yet believes a human fetus is a good source of alternative energy.

    Roots
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