As Cuomo turned left, his rating with Republicans went south

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Governor Andrew Cuomo tried to lower expectations for the latest poll of his popularity, predicting that gun control would take a toll. He seems to have been right about the effect, if not the cause.

Here's a look at his polling numbers from Quinnipiac University between December 2011 to today. Throughout that period (and his entire term as governor), during which he raised the permanent tax rate on the richest New Yorkers and passed same-sex marriage, his impressive popularity among Republicans and independents only grew.

Until today, that is. Cuomo's numbers are still very good overall, but his approval dropped off noticeably among independents and, in particular, among Republicans.

This latest poll follows the passage of his package of gun-control measures, which Cuomo points out. It also follows a broader shift in emphasis toward progressive policy goals, which he denies.

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Again, Cuomo is still in extremely good shape in New York, even if he never gets back to his previous popularity levels with Republicans. As Baruch political science professor Doug Muzzio put it, "Cuomo would love these numbers going into a 2014 election."

Quinnipiac weighted the results to reflect rural and Republican voters accounting for 20 percent of the state's population.